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The following prizes and awards have been received by Southwestern Collision Analysis personnel:

Leadership Award 2004
Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals

In 2004, the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals presented their Leadership Award to Kevin McClafferty. The citation for the award was as follows:

Award presented to Kevin McClafferty
in appreciation of your leadership and
commitment to our organization
and to road safety in Canada
CARSP Leadership Award 2004


Dr. Charles H. Miller Award 2001 Dr. Charles H. Miller Award Winner
Le gagnant du prix Dr Charles H. Miller 2001

The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals has established the Dr. Charles H. Miller Award for the best technical paper presented at the Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference and/or published in the conference proceedings.

Kevin McClafferty was a co-author of the following paper which was presented at the 12th Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference and received the inaugural Dr. Charles H. Miller Award.

German, A., Comeau, J.L., Monk, B., McClafferty, K.J., Tiessen, P.F., Chan, J., "The Use of Event Data Recorders in the Analysis of Real-World Crashes", Proc. of Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference XII, London, Ontario, June 10-13, 2001

Event data recorders are installed on many late-model cars and light trucks as an adjunct to air bag sensing and control systems. These devices offer tremendous potential to traffic safety researchers, affording access to a wealth of new data, enabling better understanding of on-road traffic safety issues, and providing opportunities for the development of new and effective countermeasures. The authors report on a series of test programmes and pilot studies of collisions involving vehicles equipped with event data recorders. These include instrumented crash tests which can be used to validate the quantitative results obtained from on-board recorders, and in-depth investigations of real-world collisions where results obtained using standard reconstruction techniques can be compared to the electronic data relating to crash severity. Our current studies also include an evaluation of pre-crash factors involved in real-world situations, based on in-depth investigation techniques, detailed occupant interviews, and analysis of a variety of pre-crash data elements obtained from event data recorders in collision-involved vehicles. A lack of standardization as to the nature of the data which is recorded, the formats in which it is currently stored, the proprietary means by which data can be retrieved, and concerns relating to individual privacy, may provide substantial roadblocks to wide data accessibility. It is imperative; therefore, that the traffic safety community considers the utility of these data systems at an early stage, and actively champions their further development and use if they are seen to be beneficial to the cause of furthering safe transportation.

PDF fileThe full text paper is available for downloading (863 KB)

Dr. Charles H. Miller Award

Dr. Charles H. Miller Award Certificate

CMRSC Ambassador Award 2001
London Convention Centre

The London Convention Centre introduced The Ambassador Award in 2000. The award recognizes the efforts of individuals who are instrumental in recommending London and its convention centre for major conventions in the community. Kevin McClafferty received the Ambassador Award in 2001 for his work as Coordinator of the 12th. Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference.