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 Chairman NRMA – ACT Road Safety Trust April 2017
A Trust funded report has explored the mainly European experience with Shared Space and examined the potential effects of road culture on the success of Shared Spaces. It concludes with recommendations for best practice implementation of Shared Space designs. A must read for those who could be involved in Shared Space trials in Australia.
Results relating to the immediate and sustained effect of accountability and insight interventions from a study on reducing optimism bias in young novice drivers do not support the inclusion of such interventions into current licensing procedures for young drivers.
Development of Messages to Address Young Drivers’ Risk Taking Behaviours
A two stage project has resulted in the production of material which could be used in a road safety awareness campaign. Research has shown that risk taking by young drivers contributes to their crash risk. If young drivers can be convinced risky driving behaviours are in fact risky, they could be expected to engage in such behaviours less often, leading to a decrease in their crashes. In Stage One of the project, factors that influence risk taking by young drivers were investigated, including situational, emotional, peer group, confidence and other factors, as well as risk taking models and relevant behaviour change theories. From this research, a set of message content and development principles was developed. In Stage Two of the project, an advertising agency was guided to develop four sets of advertisements consisting of television, radio and print media mock-ups to address speeding and mobile phone risk taking behaviours, based on the message content and development principles. The mock-ups developed were assessed against 11 important components of the message content and development principles, including identifying and highlighting the costs of the risky behaviour; identifying the safer alternative behaviour; and acknowledging the benefits of the risky behaviour but showing they are outweighed by the costs. ARRB and the agency further refined the advertisements before focus group testing based on this assessment. The sets of advertisements were focus group tested with 40 young drivers aged 17 to 25 (21 females, 19 males) in Canberra. Participants were asked about the advertising concepts in terms of their understanding, realism, components liked and disliked, recommended improvements/changes, whether the advertisement would make participants consider changing or actually change behaviour and overall favourite advertisements. The advertisements were then further improved based on these results. Based on responses received from focus group participants, one speeding advertisement for radio, and one mobile phone advertisement for television, showed promise for final development and release.
Driving whilst experiencing symptoms of sleepiness
A study conducted by staff at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland and funded by the NRMA- ACT Road Safety Trust and the NSW former Road Transport Authority has suggested that a large number of ACT residents are driving whilst experiencing symptoms of sleepiness.
Boosting the efffects of a curriculum based injury prevention program through a school connectedness intervention
The results of a study conducted by the Queensland University of Technology and funded by the NRMA- ACT Road Safety Trust has found that the Skills for Preventing Injury (SPIY) program continues to show promising results in regards to prevention of students’ transport related risk taking behaviour and injuries.
Are Older Drivers’ Perceptions Of Their Driving Ability Accurately Reflected In Performance On A Driving Simulation Task?
A study by the Queensland University of Technology has found that self-assessment of driving skills among older drivers may produce an inaccurate appraisal of actual driving skills. The study was funded primarily by the Trust with financial support from the Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads.