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European Transport Research Review

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 113–127

First Online: 27 September 2011Received: 05 February 2011Accepted: 30 August 2011


PurposeThe objective of this paper is to provide a parsimonious model for linking motorization level with the decreasing fatality rates observed across EU countries during the last three decades.

MethodsA macroscopic analysis of road-safety in Europe at the country level is proposed through the application of non-linear models correlating fatalities and vehicles for the period between 1970 and 2002. Given the time series nature of road safety data, these models result in auto-correlated residuals, thus violating at least one of the assumptions of non-linear regression. Autoregressive forms of the considered models that overcome these limitations and provide superior predictive capabilities are also considered.

ResultsAn autoregressive log-transformed model seems to outperform the base autoregressive non-linear model in this respect. The use of these models allowed for the identification of the best and worst performing countries.

ConclusionsThe proposed models can prove useful for assessing the road safety performance of the examined countries, as well as for obtaining some insight on the current and future trends of less developed countries.

KeywordsTraffic safety Non-linear regression Time series analysis Autoregressive models  Download fulltext PDF

Author: George Yannis - Constantinos Antoniou - Eleonora Papadimitriou



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