CARSPPRIIn partnership with TIRF
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2021 Joint
Virtual Conference

CARSP/PRI 2021 Joint Conference Call for Abstracts

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction - Call for Abstracts
  2. Abstract Requirements 
  3. Topics
  4. Important Deadlines
  5. Selection Process/Review Criteria and Awards
  6. Resources for Writing Papers, Developing Slidedeck and Poster Presentations

1) Introduction - Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the CARSP/PRI 2021 Conference is now closed.  Authors have two stream choices: Policy and Practice OR Research and Evaluation.  Abstracts must include the sections outlined in the "Abstract Requirements" below, depending on the stream chosen.  Abstracts can be on a wide array of road safety topics and should relate to the overall conference theme "Equitability: Road Safety for all through Vision Zero and Sustainable Safety".  In addition to stream choice, authors also have the choice of doing a paper and a presentation OR just a presentation (no paper).  New this year, presentation-only authors now have two presentation choices: verbal or poster.  Those submitting papers must do a verbal presentation.  Once submitted, all abstracts are reviewed by three peer reviewers who use a set of criteria to judge the abstract for acceptance.  The final decision is based upon reviewer feedback, and if needed by the program committee.  After the conference, all papers and slide deck presentations will be available on the website for download.  The conference proceedings, however, will only include the papers which were presented during the conference.

2) Abstract Requirements

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Research and Evaluation Abstracts/Papers

  • Background - Why was undertaking this research important; what led to the research being conducted?
  • Aims - What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives) or what were the proposed outcomes?
  • Methods - How was the research undertaken; what was the process/steps?
  • Results - What were your findings?
  • Discussion and conclusions - What did you learn from the research; what is the take-home message and/or  practical application of your results for conference delegates; were there any limitations or challenges; what is next for the project/organization?

Policy and Practice Abstracts/Papers

  • Context - What was the problem/issue you were addressing?  What evidence supports the development of this program or policy?
  • Objectives - What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives); what were the proposed outputs (i.e., key deliverables, target group reached).
  • Target Group - Who is the program directed at?
  • Activity(ies) - Provide a description of the program’s activity(ies), including the nature of the activity(ies) (e.g., legislation, education, enforcement, etc.) and how they were developed and delivered?
  • Deliverables
    • What outputs came from this work?
    • How will this information be applied?
    • What lessons were learned?

3) Topics

Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of road safety, including, but not limited to, the topics listed below.  Please note that the sub-topics are merely examples.

Vehicles and Vehicle Systems

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Collision avoidance
  • Collision protection
  • Commercial vehicle safety
  • Off-road vehicle safety
  • Crash investigation and reconstruction

Traffic Engineering/Road Design

  • Impact of road design
  • Traffic operations and traffic control devices
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Speed Management Programs
  • Speed limit setting/monitoring
  • Active Transportation Facilities

Injury Prevention

  • Epidemiology of crashes/injuries
  • Occupant protection
  • Biomechanics of injury crashes
  • Automotive medicine

Enforcement/Legal Issues

  • Enforcement strategies
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Legal aspects of crashes
  • Automated Enforcement

Safety Initiatives

  • Safety promotion programs
  • Community and partnership engagement
  • Integrated road safety strategies
  • Public/Corporate Road Safety Strategies
  • Road Safety Leadership and Champions
  • Road Safety Communications/Media

Policy and Program Development

  • Societal costs of crashes
  • Application of policies and programs
  • Application of legislation/regulations

Road Users/Behavioral Issues

  • Epidemiology of crashes or injuries
  • Specific road users approaches/research (e.g. pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist)
  • Human factors and traffic psychology
  • Distracted Driving
  • Impaired Driving
  • Building a Traffic Safety Culture From the Top Down
  • Micro-Mobility

Multi-disciplinary Planning Approaches

  • City-wide road safety plans
  • Collaboration across disciplines
  • Vision Zero planning approaches
  • Safe Systems Approach

4) Important Deadlines

Please note: The inability to meet these deadlines may preclude one’s acceptance for presentation at the conference and/or inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Full Paper Submissions

Abstract Deadline March 1, 2021

  • Notification of acceptance by April 19, 2021
  • Manuscripts must be submitted by May 10, 2021
  • Reviewers' comments to authors by June 14, 2021
  • Final papers must be submitted by July 5, 2021
  • Slide Deck Presentations must be submitted by August 3, 2021

Presentation Only Submissions (Verbal OR Poster)

Abstract Deadline March 1, 2021

  • Notification of acceptance by April 19, 2021
  • Slidedeck Presentations are due on July 19th.
  • Poster presentations are due on July 26th.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please email

5) Selection Process/Review Criteria and Awards

To be accepted into the conference, abstracts will be evaluated based on a set of criteria.  Following this review, the author will be notified whether or not their abstract has been accepted and whether or not the abstract has been reassigned to a different stream. Similar criteria will be used for full papers. Only full papers will be considered for the conference proceedings.  For the exact criteria used to judge the abstracts please download this document: Criteria and Review Process 2021

Every year the CARSP Conference presents an Award to the top presentation in each of the two Streams.  With the Research and Evaluation Stream, only papers are considered, and the top paper receives the Charles H. Miller Award.  With the Policy and Practice Stream, starting with the 2019 CARSP Conference, both papers and slide-deck only presentation abstracts are being considered, and the top abstract receives the Mavis Johnson Traffic Safety Award.

New this year, there will also be an award for Top Poster!  More information to follow.

6) Resources for Writing Papers and Developing Slidedeck Presentations