CADROSA: Optimising Intervention in Adolescent Road Safety

CADROSA takes an innovative approach to improving adolescent road safety, implementing multi-country projects simultaneously with dissemination of findings occurring in a coordinated manner that is designed to reach a broader audience. Given the over representation of adolescents in road safety crash statistics, the Consortium of Adolescent Road Safety (CADROSA) began development in 2014 and was officially launched in 2016.

Research in Plain English Summaries

Young woman driving her car

From a young age, males are more likely to be involved in road traffic crashes than females. View Reference

Adolescent passengers: In 2015 in Australia, 28.3% of fatalities amongst road users aged 17-25 years were vehicle passengers.  View Reference
Cyclist In London City Traffic In Motion BlurAlmost half of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.  View Reference

Melting pot people walking on zebra crossing and traffic jam on 7th avenue in Manhattan before sunset - Crowded streets of New York City during rush hour in urban business areaAlmost half of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. View Reference
Almost half of all road Portrait of happy young couple on scooter enjoying road triptraffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. View Reference

Why Adolescent Road Safety?

Melting pot people walking on zebra crossing and traffic jam on 7th avenue in Manhattan before sunset - Crowded streets of New York City during rush hour in urban business areaMost young people killed or injured in road crashes in low- and middle-income countries are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or users of public transport.

In high-income countries, most young victims are novice drivers. View Reference

Bikers driving a motorcycle rides along the asphalt road (blurred motion). First-person view. Focus on the dashboard of a motorcycle

The ground-breaking approach of CADROSA thus recognises that developing nations bear the largest road safety burden, while developed nations have the greatest resources to intervene in adolescent road safety. As such, CADROSA’s collaborative, multi-country approach is fundamental to achieving real progress in improving adolescent road safety around the world. View Reference

Melting pot people walking on zebra crossing and traffic jam on 7th avenue in Manhattan before sunset - Crowded streets of New York City during rush hour in urban business areaThe nature and severity of injuries that children and youth sustain in road traffic collisions are influenced by their age and the type of road user they are. Across the globe, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of traffic-related deaths and injuries in all countries, high, middle and low-income.  Rather than considering each domain of road use separately – as typically is done, with adolescent drivers considered separately from adolescent pedestrians, as an example – CADROSA considers adolescents as road users more generally, recognising that they are at great risk of being harmed through whichever mechanism of mobility they choose. View Reference

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Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide among young people aged 10-24 years. Each year nearly 400 000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads – on average more than 1000 a day