28th CARSP ConferenceJune 10-13, 2018 | Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, Victoria, British Columbia
Theme: Next-generation Transportation – the Future of Road Safety
CARSP partnered with RoadSafetyBC to bring you the 2018 CARSP Conference! The CARSP conference is primarily aimed at sharing knowledge among Canada’s road safety professionals with the goal of making our roads safer. Conference delegates represent a broad array of disciplines including: health professionals, engineers, Government officials, crash re-constructionists, insurers, researchers, enforcement, and more.
The theme of this year’s Conference is “Next-generation Transportation – the Future of Road Safety” was chosen to emphasize that a holistic, next-generation perspective on road safety is needed to make stronger progress in reducing motor vehicle crash-related deaths. This perspective requires that road safety professionals consider the interactive nature of all dimensions of the road system, including road user behaviour, urban and infrastructure design and planning, vehicle safety technology, and enforcement technology. Next-generation transportation also promotes other goals such as improved population health, greater social inclusion, environmental protection, and economic efficiency. Vision Zero, the Safe Systems Approach and progress with autonomous vehicles are examples of the types of progressive approaches which fit the idea of next-generation transportation. The hope is that centering the conference on this theme can help kindle new ideas, and allow all conference participants to explore road safety through fresh and ambitious perspectives.
To explore the conference theme, plenary and panel sessions will focus on key issues. Furthermore, in this year’s Call for Abstracts, authors will be asked to relate their abstract to the conference theme. While the theme helps guide the focus of some components of the conference, there are still many presentations on a number of road safety topics, including, but not limited to:
- Vehicles and Vehicle Systems (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 limit setting/monitoring)
- 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)
- Safety Initiatives (Safety promotion programs, Community and partnership engagement, Integrated road safety strategies)
- Policy and Program Development (Societal costs of crashes, Application of policies and programs, Application of legislation/regulations)
- Road Users/Behavioural Issues (Epidemiology of crashes or injuries, Specific road users approaches/research (e.g. pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist), Human factors and traffic psychology,
The conference content is a combination of plenary, panel and practitioner/researcher presentation sessions, as well as networking opportunities. There is also a Student Paper Competition and an event aimed at students and young professionals. Presentation sessions contain research and evaluation papers as well as policy and program practice presentations. Examples of the types of materials presented include: the development of a road safety policy, road safety research findings, systematic literature reviews, evaluation results for road safety programs, and innovative program approaches to decreasing road safety injuries and deaths.
Who Should Go to the CARSP Conference?
The conference is aimed at road safety practitioners from many disciplines, including, but not limited to: health professionals, engineers, government officials, crash re-constructionists, insurers, researchers, and enforcement personnel. The goal of the work of these professionals is the same, regardless of the type of work they do, and that is to make our roads safer.