20th International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference


The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) is pleased to invite you to their 20th international conference, to be hosted by the Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q). The Conference will be a global forum at which all those involved in road safety research, policy, education, enforcement and injury prevention, particularly from the fields of drugs and alcohol, can meet with researchers, academics and professionals to discuss and present on the latest work being undertaken in these areas. 

T2013 Conference Chair and CARRS-Q Director Professor Barry Watson has said “despite illegal blood alcohol concentration limits being in place for over 25 years, and the dangers of drug driving becoming increasingly recognised, impaired driving remains one of the major causes of death and injury on our roads”.

2011 saw the commencement of the UN Decade of Action, a worldwide initiative bringing together over 70 countries in a united effort to reduce traffic crashes and the global road toll. T2013 will bring the Decade of Action to Brisbane in a very dynamic way, with over 400 leading alcohol, drugs and traffic safety experts meeting to discuss the latest in international programs, policy and development in impaired driving.

An update on world-wide developments, key geographic regions of emerging issue and at risk populations will be provided by international keynote speakers including:

  • Dr Ralph Hingson, Past President, ICADTS, USA
  • Mr Pablo Carignano, Road Safety General Director, Buenos Aires City Government, Argentina
  • Dr Leilei Duan, Division Director, Injury Prevention, National Centre for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention, China
  • Dr Kazuko Okamura, Senior Researcher, Department of Traffic Science, National Research Institute of Police Science, Japan
  • Mr Wolf-Rüdiger Nickel, Immediate Past President, ICADTS, Europe

“More than 90 per cent of traffic crash deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world’s vehicles, thus they will be a major focus of conference talks,” Professor Watson said.

The conference’s recent call for abstracts attracted high numbers of abstracts for oral and poster presentation with interest particularly demonstrated in the areas of: epidemiology; legislation and enforcement; prevention and rehabilitation; detection, measurement, testing and forensics; prescription medications and illicit drugs; and challenges for low and middle income countries. The full conference program will be released on the conference website in May and will include presentations, workshops, symposia and discussion, as well as dedicated programs for young scientists, early career researchers, students and those from low and middle income countries. Please click here for a conference overview.

The following organisations have confirmed their sponsorship of T2013:

  • Alcolizer (Platinum Sponsor);
  • Institute for Health & Biomedical Innovation (Foundation Sponsor);
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Foundation Sponsor);
  • Securetech Detektions Systeme AG (Gold Sponsor);
  • Alere (Silver Sponsor);
  • Dräger (Silver Sponsor);
  • Queensland Police Service (Silver Sponsor);
  • Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Bronze Sponsor); and
  • Suncorp Insurance (Bronze Sponsor).

T2013 is expected to attract over 400 delegates to Brisbane from around Australia and overseas, drawn from the areas of traffic and transport psychology, public health, law, medicine, economics, law enforcement, public policy, education, pharmacology, toxicology, forensic science, human factors, and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.

The Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference (, one of the most important road safety conferences in Australasia, will immediately follow T2013 in the same Brisbane venue from 28-30 August 2013.

Professor Watson has said “the consecutive forums will be critical activities of the UN Decade of Action and present exciting professional development opportunities for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers”.

Online registration is now open, for further information please visit the registration page.


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