2015 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award Record number of finalists announced!

In recognition of the gathering momentum to combat road trauma, a record number of finalists have been announced in this year’s 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award, the premier road safety award for exemplary groups/projects across the Australasian region. The award is now entering its 5th year and is recognised as Australasia’s ultimate road safety achievement for the region’s most innovative, cost-effective road safety initiative/program which stands out from standard, everyday practice and delivers significant improvements in road safety for the community.

This year’s finalists are (in random order):

Driver Behaviour, Positive Driving and Looking After Your Mate
Virtual Reality Driving Simulator Programs
Team Leader: Mr Darren Davis, Save A Life Australia Pty Ltd
Back on Your Bike and Ride
Enhancing the road safety and wellbeing of motorcycle Riders and the Community
Team Leader:  Mr Chris Tola
Road safety education program for  young people
Team Leader:  Ms Chapin Ayres, bstreetsmart
Emergency Vehicle Pre-emption
Reducing the response times of emergency vehicles in Queensland through Emergency Vehicle Pre-emption (EVP)
Team Leader:  Mr Chris Fullelove, Transmax Pty Ltd
Truckright: Trucks and Road Safety
A working truck to promote the road transport industry and road safety.
Team Leader:  Mr Rod Hannifey, Truckright
Southern Cross Protection Safe Driver Program
Introducing a Driver Safety Program into a Security Patrols Fleet
Team Leader:  Ms Claere Kay, Southern Cross Protection
Physics in Motion Science Program
Team Leader:  Mr Joel Neilsen, Safe Drive Training (Aust) Pty Ltd
“Stay on Track Outback”
Road safety awareness of the unique hazards of driving in the ‘Outback’
Team Leader:  Senior Constable Sarah Grayson, Queensland Police Service
Addressing High Risk Activities identified within the plasterboard delivery process
Team Leader:  Mr Sam Pantou   Metropolitan Express Transport Services Pty Ltd              
High Visibility Road Safety Enforcement on NSW roads.
Team Leader:  Inspector Phil Brooks, NSW Police Force – Traffic & Highway Patrol Command
Reducing incident risk by increasing the visibility of on road truck and trailer operation.
Team Leader:  Mr Tony Noske, Noske Logistics 
Racing Road Safety to the Mount
Team Leader:  Ms Iris Dorsett, Bathurst Regional Council & NSW Police
Ultraguard™ Safety Barrier Conspicuity Treatment
Team Leader:  Mr Stephen Borrie, Potters Industries Pty Ltd
The “It’s Holiday Time: Slow Down Kids Around” & “Hold my Hand” community signage campaigns.
Team Leader:  Ms Michelle McLaughlin, Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation               
Moving Right Along: Obligations and Opportunities for Older Drivers
Peer Education Approach
Team Leader:  Ms Belinda Halling, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (South Australia)
”Our Safety Vision is to be World – Class in Safety”
Team Leader:  Mr Cameron Dunn, FBT Transport
RYDA 3.0
The redevelopment of a young driver road safety awareness program
Team Leader:  Mr David Murray, Road Safety Education Limited  
Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015-2020
Team Leader:  Mr Matthew Tilly, City of Gold Coast
Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Team Leader:  Mr Fiona Frost, Willoughby City Council Pedestrian Distraction
‘Braking the Cycle’
A Learner Driver Mentor Program for disadvantaged youth.
Team Leader:  Ms Rachel Whitford, Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association          
Team Leader:  Senior Constable Danielle Loftus Queensland Police Service
Queensland Government’s Bruce Highway Wide Centre Line Treatment
Team Leader:  Mr David Bobberman, QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign
Team Leader:  Mr Cameron Sinclair, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria
‘Learn, Drive, Survive: Drives for Learners in the Moreton Bay Region’
A practical tool for supervisors and learner drivers
Team Leader:  Ms Kerrie Doherty, Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC)
Oi ”Mind on the road, not the phone”
Driver distraction campaign
Team Leader:  Ms Claire Dixon, Auckland Transport
The ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ Scheme
Driver fatigue management
Team Leader:  Ms Melanie Suitor, Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils
RACQ Docudrama
Road safety initiative aimed at senior secondary students
Team Leader:  Ms Julie Smith, RACQ
U Turn the Wheel – Youth Driver Safety Program
Road Safety Education – Novice drivers
Team Leader:  Ms Sue Tyler, Rotary Club of Moss Vale  
2015 Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week
Success in creating a national road safety symbol
Team Leader:  Mr Peter Frazer, Safer Australian Roads and Highways

ACRS President, Lauchlan McIntosh AM, said “this year’s record number of finalists exemplifies the growing recognition across all sectors of society of the major role that all organisations and individuals can play in expediting road trauma reductions.  The quality of submissions from these finalists is testament to the exceptionally high standard of innovation that is being implemented across the road safety spectrum, and I sincerely congratulate all finalists on this worthy achievement”.

The winning Team Leader will be presented with their award at the inaugural 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2015) Gala Dinner on Thursday 15 October 2015, in front of an anticipated audience of over 500 road safety professionals and advocates from across the region and internationally.  The winner will receive a trip to the USA to attend the 46th ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in 2016 to be held in Virginia, USA, and will also visit 3M Global Headquarters in Minnesota.  The winner will also present their winning entry and USA trip at the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference.

Also to be presented on the night is the 2015 ACRS Fellowship Award, which is recognised as the Australasian road safety community’s highest honour, recognising an individual for their outstanding commitment and effectiveness in their efforts to reduce road trauma.