In 1964, Monash University researchers were behind the work which lead to a revolutionary change to road safety laws in Australia, with seat belts becoming mandatory in all new cars driven in Victoria and South Australia.
A fantastic example of the importance of collaboration between Australian university scientists and local and national governments, the research prompted the formation of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), a partnership with the Victorian government, in 1987.
MUARC has since played a crucial role in bringing down the state’s road toll from a peak of 1000 in 1970 to 282 in 2012.
For more information about MUARC visit www.monah.edu.au/muarc
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