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
Study Finds Monotony and Fatigue Dual Hazards for Drivers
A study commissioned by the Trust has found that monotony and fatigue can operate independently of each other to adversely affect driving performance in monotonous driving conditions. The study was undertaken by the Queensland Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.
A study commissioned by the Trust considers that an attitudinal shift similar to that for smoking and AIDS is required in relation to speed and car use if the current level of road trauma is to be reduced. Funding of $73,500 was provided to the University of New South Wales for the study Towards a Holistic Framework for Road Safety.
Previous studies show that while awareness of the legal blood alcohol limit is high knowledge of the number of standard drinks contained in alcoholic beverages is low. This study sought to understand whether an online survey giving motorists the correct answers could increase knowledge relating to alcohol and thus assist to minimize the potential to drink and drive and maximize the potential for people to make informed decisions about the amount of alcohol consumed. The results of this three phase study suggest that an online alcohol knowledge test can improve ACT resident’s knowledge relating to alcohol. Implications for public policy are outlined.
Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth (SPIY) Program
The Trust has released a report undertaken by the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland as the result of a $51,695 grant by the Trust on the SPIY Program. This program aims to reduce adolescent risk taking by changing individuals’ attitudes to risk, increasing the intervening and protective behaviour of their peers and developing first aid skills.
Child pedestrians: factors associated with ability to cross roads safely and development of a training package
Study confirms the vulnerability of cyclists and motorcyclists
A study involving the matching of hospital trauma data with police crash data for the years 2001-2003 has revealed that cyclists and motorcyclists occupied more bed days in the Canberra Hospital than the combined total of drivers and front passengers. The study was undertaken by Associate Professor Drew Richardson, Chair of Road Trauma and Emergency Medicine, ANU Medical School and funded by the NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust.