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Author Whitelegg, John
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Complicityandthe Bankruptcyofscience ♦ Road Safety ♦ Serious Lack ♦ Particular View ♦ Serious Problem ♦ Basic Change ♦ System Design ♦ Important Area ♦ Action Programme ♦ Much Research ♦ Engineering Inadequacy ♦ Several Societal Disbenefits ♦ Incremental Improvement ♦ Land Us ♦ Whole System ♦ Radical Alteration ♦ Fundamental Misconception ♦ Scientific Attention ♦ Present Trajectory ♦ Abstract-road Traffic Accident ♦ Motorised Transport ♦ Long Term Solution ♦ Great Deal ♦ Governmental Intervention ♦ Informed Debate ♦ Realistic Alternative ♦ Several Different Front ♦ Immutable Technology ♦ Recent Year ♦ Motor Car ♦ Large Company Support ♦ Delicient Technology ♦ Mobility Pattern ♦ Lfie Motor Car
Abstract Abstract-Road traffic accidents (RTA’s) continue to be a serious problem. The paper argues that much research and effort to minimise this problem is locked into a fundamental misconception in so far as it assumes that blame, responsibility or engineering inadequacies can explain RTA’s. The whole system of motorised transport, mobility patterns, land uses, governmental intervention and large company support has deprived society of realistic alternatives to the motor car and bequeathed a delicient technology with several societal disbenefits. Long term solutions to the problem of RTA’s involve basic change to this systems design. Anything less will continue to reinforce the present trajectory. Road safety as an important area for research and action programmes has received a great deal of scientific attention in recent years. Progress has been made on several different fronts but in one area there would appear to be a serious lack of interest or, at the very least, a paucity of published information and informed debate. This area concerns the degree to which our thinking and hence our solutions are locked into a particular view of technology and society and thereby condemned to produce incremental improvements but no radical alteration in the magnitude or structure of the problem itself. In the case of road safety it can be argued that solutions which build on the acceptance of lfie motor car as a major and immutable technology
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Publisher Date 1982-01-01