The AAA Approach to Crash Investigation Reform – The Perspective from Road Policing Practitioners
ACRS, DOI:10.33492/JRS-D-21-00035, https://doi.org/10.33492/JRS-D-21-00035
Submission Date: November 10, 2021 Journal
Suggested Citation: Shuey, R., Myers, D. and Bus, D. (2021). The AAA Approach to Crash Investigation Reform – The Perspective from Road Policing Practitioners. Journal of Road Safety, 32(4), 51-59 https://doi.org/10.33492/JRS-D-21-00035
Professional road crash investigation, complemented by intelligent analysis and dynamic actions provide the foundation for road safety reform. However, to date, the real potential resulting from police investigative findings have not been fully realised due to the lack of streamlined connectivity from the crash scene to the reform process. Such deficiencies include inadequate investigations, inadequate data management, convoluted processes, system delays, inadequate analysis and limited immediate and mid-term actions which should be generated following thorough and efficient investigations. A review of processes across high, medium and low-income countries has identified a more effective approach to achieving results in road safety reform across all road safety disciplines. The simple AAA framework to ‘Acquire, Analyse and Action’ is presented as a contemporary model to ensure an evidence-based foundation drives road safety reform to identify root cause analysis locally, nationally and globally. This provides structure, discipline and purpose as well as technical skill and competence to achieve practical recommendations as preventative measures for crash reduction. A multi-disciplined expert review team to validate/assess/modify these recommendations in serious crashes ensures constructive countermeasures are prioritised and actioned. This facilitates a paradigm shift in thinking and analysis to achieve a continuous improvement process designed to reduce road trauma and save lives.