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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

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Report of 2012 NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellow Terry Eveston

Mr Eveston’s project was to observe and participate in activities that develop a child’s capacity for independent responsible and safe behaviour when cycling on roads, cycle ways and multi user paths. His study tour took him to Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK. His study report is available for download from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website – see“”

Wheels within Wheels Revisited

This booklet is for anyone who is making a decision about buying a wheelchair and travelling with it in a vehicle. It is also available in a different format with translation services under the publications section of the Trust’s website.

Understanding looked-but-failed-to-see accidents; the role of Inattentional Blindness

This project was designed to explore the parameters that increase or decrease incidences of Inattentional Blindness, within the context of the driving experience in order to provide evidence for a core underlying cause in “looked-but-fail-to-see” accidents. Participants were presented with a battery of relevant visuo-spatial and cognitive tests. The aim of the project was to explore the cognitive, perceptual and psychological factors that increase or decrease incidences of IB in the laboratory, and are therefore likely to be influential in “looked-but-fail-to-see” accidents on the road.

Improving passenger safety among youth: developing a web-based strategy

Report of a project undertaken by CARRS-Q whose aim was to develop and test the feasibility of a web-based module for promoting passenger safety through “understanding risks and looking out for mates.”

Safe System into Practice Workshop

Report of project conducted by ARRB and workshop conducted in the ACT.

ACT Safer Cycling Strategy

The purpose of this project undertaken by GTA Consultants was to identify a strategy to promote safer cycling and safer interaction between cyclists and other road users throughout the ACT. The report makes recommendations for the progression of the strategy.

Do cognitive and sensory measures predict driving outcomes and driving cessation in older drivers? A 5 year validation study

This ANU study provides useful information of the views and intentions of older drivers regarding a future decision to cease driving. This may be useful in assisting those older drivers who are considering the difficult decision to make their plans for the transition from driving.

The effects of rest breaks on driver fatigue

Taking a brief nap or stopping for a rest break are two highly publicised countermeasures for driver sleepiness. The aim of the study was to determine the relative magnitude of improvement of the two break types. The first key finding “that a nap break provided meaningful benefit for reducing driver sleepiness compared with an active break” confirms advice which has been given to drivers for several years to “take a 15 minute powernap”.

The development of a computer based brief intervention program for first time drink driving offenders

The two studies described in the report provide valuable information regarding information which should be considered for inclusion in a computer based brief intervention program for first time drink driving offenders and suggestions on how and when it should be delivered.

Epidemiological Study of the Impact of Whiplash on Subsequent Driver Safety

Report of study shows drivers who have experienced a traffic crash resulting in a whiplash associated disorder do not appear to be at a significantly elevated risk of a subsequent crash, when compared with a control group of drivers who have received a soft tissue injury.

Measuring underbonnet clearances in order to evaluate pedestrian safety performance of vehicles at various impact speeds

CASR study develops a systematic and reproducible procedure for evaluating the pedestrian safety performance of vehicles at different crash speeds which could benefit pedestrian safety.

Speed management by novice drivers

Results of speed management by novice drivers in simulated environment reported.

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