2017 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards Finalists Announced!

In recognition of the gathering momentum to combat road trauma, 26 deserving finalists have been announced to be in the running for 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 7th 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):

PCYC Braking The Cycle
Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC)
Team Leader: Bernie O’Regan
New Traffic Incident Management Service Provider – Queensland
Brisbane Motorway Services
Team Leader: Brett Simpson
“Speed of Light” – Mobile Tunnel Illumination Measurement Device
Brisbane Motorway Services
Team Leader: Phil Vincent
2017 Road Safety Calendar – The Courtesy Edition
North Sydney Council
Team Leader: Cassie Kite
Milton Ulladulla Youth Driver Education Programme
Milton Ulladulla Young Driver Programme
Team Leader: Adam Cooper
Street Smart Seniors
Council of the Ageing (COTA) ACT
Team Leader: Jenny Mobbs
Physically separated Cycle Tracks design guidance for major urban redevelopments         
QLD Dept of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)
and Qld Dept of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning (DILGP) 
Team Leader: Jonathon Giles
Carrying Children Safely in Cars – Zero road deaths under Seven
Kidsafe ACT Inc
Team Leader: Eric Chalmers
LDRIVO | Everyone’s Perfect Driving Instructor
Team Leader: Dane Westerweller
“Bag a phone, not a body” Driver Distraction Campaign 
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ)
Team Leader: Renee Smith
City of Wanneroo Caravan and Trailer Checks     
City of Wanneroo
Team Leader: Ryan Gibson
Towards Zero TAFE Road Safety Partnership – Western Region
NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Western Region
Team Leader: Jacqueline Anderson
Buckle Up Borroloola – Pilot Indigenous child restraints program
Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission, Northern Territory
Christine Theil
TruckSafe – Safety management system
Team Leader: Ferdie Kroon
Road Worker Safety Campaign – See the Cones, Obey the Zones
Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd 
Team Leader: Marc Howard
Flooded Roads Smart Warning System (FRSWS)
Logan City Council
Team Leader: Gregory Kelly
Young Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS)
AIP Foundation, supported by Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID)
an initiative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade       
Team Leader: Louise Goldman
Gateway Motorway Services – Maintenance Contractor for Gateway Motorway Brisbane 
Gateway Motorway Services              
Team Leader: Simon Kirkpatrick
On The Right Track Remote
SA Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure
Team Leader: Victor Rigney
Road Ribbon for Road Safety® Campaign
WA Local Government Association’s RoadWise Program
Team Leader: Terri-Anne Pettet
Road Safety Programs for Schools and Communities
Save A Life Australia PTY Limited
Team Leader: Darren Davis
RAC Automated Vehicle Trial
Team Leader: Anne Still
Keeping Safe – Influencing Attitudes and Behaviours to Save Young Lives
Blue Datto Foundation
Team Leader: Erin Vassallo
“Sorry Business Stories” Indigenous Drink Driving Campaign
NT Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission, Northern Territory
Team Leader: Christine Theil
Innovative design: Mitigating Vehicle Windscreen Spearing Risk from Road Signs
Centre for Road Safety, Transport for New South Wales 
Team Leader: Nilindu Muthubandara
NSW Motorcycle CRASH Card     
Hornsby Shire Council
Team Leader: Lesley Tipping

ACRS President, Lauchlan McIntosh AM, said “the entries this year are a snapshot of the outstanding work going on across the many sectors involved in road trauma reduction.  The high quality of this years’ 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 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 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2017) Gala Dinner to be held in Perth on Wednesday 11 October 2017, in front of an 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 48th ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo to be held in USA, and will also visit 3M Global Headquarters in Minnesota.  The winner will also present their winning entry and USA trip at the 2018 Australasian Road Safety Conference.

Also to be presented on the night is the 2017 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.

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