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NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Reports


Cessation of Operations and Access to Reports on the ACRS Website

On 4 December 2014 the ACT Government announced that the NRMA – ACT Road Safety Trust would be ceasing operations as from 1 July 2016.  That decision brought to an end the Trust’s twenty five year contribution to enhancing road safety for the ACT road-using community.  During that time the Trust committed close to $21 million to some 450 projects and initiatives, which made a valuable contribution to reducing road trauma on the region’s roads.

For over 10 years GKY Internet mainained the Trust’s website.  With the decision to close the Trust came the challenge of how best to ensure the continued access and availability of these Trust-funded reports.  The Trust was delighted with the offer by the Canberra Office of the ACRS to become the custodians of these reports.  To that end, the ACRS Head Office and GKY Internet have liaised to ensure the smooth transition of the reports.  It is of great comfort to the Trust to know that the high quality service provided by GKY Internet for over a decade will continue under the stewardship of the Head Office of the ACRS.

Emeritus Professor Don Aitkin AO
NRMA – ACT Road Safety Trust
April 2017

May 2017 Media Release Funding Gifts for Road Safety in the ACT
Complete List of Funding Recipients


ACT Naturalistic Cycle Study

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has the highest cycling participation rate in Australia; however it also has one of the highest rates of cyclist serious injury. In this study, the behaviour of cyclists and their interaction with drivers was investigated to identify ways to improve cyclist safety. A naturalistic cycling study was conducted using helmet mounted video cameras with a GPS data logger. The study included an online survey and in-depth exit interviews. In total, 36 participants completed the study from September 2011 to April 2012. Participants recorded over 460 hours of video footage of their commute to and from work over a distance of almost 9,000km. In total, 91 potential conflict events were identified that involved the cyclist and another road user. The majority of the events involved the cyclist and a driver and were due to actions by the driver. Drivers turning left across the cyclist’s path and unexpectedly opened vehicle doors were the most common interactions. Cyclists recorded an average speed of 22.7km/h and a maximum speed of 56km/h. Data on cyclists’ speed provides new insights into how cyclists travel, particularly on-road and when interacting with other road users. Potential countermeasures and recommendations to improve safety for cyclists in the ACT are also discussed.

Road Safety Champion – Youth Coalition of the ACT

In October 2013, Champions ACT developed a new road safety “Champion”, which was funded by the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust, and aimed to promote responsible decision making among young people with regard to travelling to and from drinking venues. More specifically, the Champions ACT campaign expanded to provide health and safety promotion messages about drink driving, intoxicated pedestrians, road hazards, alternative methods of transportation (including taxis), and broader issues relating to getting home safe. This “Champion” was named “The Chauffeur”.

Deterrence of Drug Driving: The Impact of the ACT Drug Driving Legislation and Detection Techniques

The study sought to explore the initial impact of the ACT’s implementation of roadside oral fluid drug screening program. The results suggest that a number of individuals reported intentions to drug drive in the future. The classical deterrence theory variables of certainty of apprehension, severity and swiftness of sanctions were not predictive of intentions to drug drive in the future. In contrast, having avoided apprehension and having known of others that have avoided apprehension were predictive of intentions to drug drive in the future. Increasing perceptions of the certainty of apprehension, increased testing frequency, and increased awareness of the oral fluid drug screening program could potentially lead to reductions of drug driving and result in safer road environment for all ACT community members.

Understanding interaction between two wheelers (TWs) and car drivers in a simulator

The report describes the findings from a research study using simulator data and modelling to determine factors effecting passing distance of car drivers and two wheeled vehicles. The study primarily uses previous or associated experience driving two wheeled vehicles as the key variable to examine variations in car drivers’ selection of passing distances. The driving scenario used in the study was designed to replicate high crash risk situations in the ACT.

Understanding the driving practice of older Australian drivers

This study aimed to investigate the driving behaviours and transportation needs of older adults within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

ACT Policing research on unsafe behaviours – speed

The report draws on findings based on an online survey of ACT licence holders. The sample size was large [1243] and it was post weighted to accord with the ACT population statistics on age and gender. There was a comprehensive focus group study based on six “homogenous” focus groups.

Translation of a validated driver screening tool for clinical assessment and research use

This report and manual documents the production and translation of a novel evidence-based screening battery designed to identify older drivers at risk of unsafe driving. Anyone interested in acquiring a copy of the kit should contact Professor Kaarin Anstey, the Australian National University on 02 6125 8410.

Reducing Motorcycle Trauma in the ACT

A comprehensive and important report examining trauma outcomes for motorcyclists in the ACT. Dr Mike Bambach of UNSW draws on 10 years of data using coroner reports, hospital admission data and police reports and proposes strategies to reduce road trauma in this group.

Seniors driving Longer, Smarter, Safer: Enhancement of an innovative educational and training package for the safe mobility of seniors

This report describes the development of an educational/training program for older drivers in Australia and includes a review of the literature on effectiveness of educational/training programs as well as a process evaluation of the program. For information on the final product referred to in the report- a ‘ready to deliver’ classroom based program package which provides the materials for interested organisations to run workshops for seniors either as a one day event or shorter two hour session please contact the project manager directly, Dr Jennifer Oxley Monash University Accident Research Centre on 03 9905 4374 or email””

Updating crashes involving ACT vehicles and controllers in NSW 2006-2010

This is the third in a series of reports over an extended time. As was the case in the previous two studies, ACT controllers were almost as likely to be involved in fatal crashes in NSW as in the ACT. They were also involved in a substantial number of injury crashes in NSW compared to ACT (although fewer than within the ACT).

Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drink Driving

Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drink Driving (subcontractor Media Heads Ltd) produced two ACT-specific RADD Television Community Service Announcements (TV CSAs) with an anti-drink drive message using talent originally from the ACT or associated with the ACT for use on Canberra/ACT TV.

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