A series of interviews with the chairpersons of Aboriginal communities in a remote area of Western Australia were conducted to examine their attitudes to road safety problems. It was found that some road safety issues that were expected to be considered problems were not necessarily seen to be so by those interviewed. This finding suggests that the first stage of a road safety intervention program for Aboriginal people may need to include an awareness raising component. It also suggests that there is a need for more detailed research defining particular problems more accurately before effective and culturally appropriate countermeasures are developed. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.