National Road Safety Conference

roadsafetygbThe 2014 National Road Safety Conference

Dr Elaine Hardy and author of the pedestrian fatality report spoke at the Road Safety GB Conference on 26th November 2014.

The National Road Safety Conference 2014 was hosted by Road Safety GB South East Region at The Grand in Brighton.

The conference comprised six sessions covering: Working in Partnership, Social Media, Automated driving, Cycling, Question Time and Topical Topics.

For the first time a fringe programme ran alongside the main conference.

There was an exhibition showcase which included various road safety related exhibiters.

elaine-hardy-road-safety-gb-smallDr Hardy used her conference presentation to outline her findings.

Dr Elaine Hardy, Right to Ride

As a research analyst and project manager, Elaine Hardy has carried out a number of road safety related studies between 2007 and 2014, including: the Northern Ireland Pedestrian Fatality Report 2014 (the subject of this presentation); and the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Fatality Report 2012, an in-depth study of 41 motorcycle fatalities in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Pedestrian Fatality Report 2014 is an in-depth study of 55 pedestrian fatalities, for which Dr Hardy was given access to the case files of the Forensic Science Northern Ireland Road Traffic Investigation Team and the Coroner’s Service, Northern Ireland.

The report highlights three areas of concern – visibility, the elderly and intoxicated pedestrians – all of which are underpinned by cognitive impairment. Dr Hardy will use her conference presentation to outline her findings.

Prior to moving to the road safety sector, Elaine Hardy was an automotive data analyst. Her work involved gathering data and analyzing the distribution and cross-border movement of cars and vans in both Eastern and Western Europe. This led her to take an interest in the movement of stolen vehicles in Europe and and she has authored numerous reports and papers and worked with European and British authorities on projects and studies relating to vehicle crime.

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