Queensland Road Safety Awards
On Tuesday 22 October, the 2013 Queensland Road Safety Awards ceremony was held in Rockhampton. Read the Press Release .
CommunityWinner: Braking the Cycle — Queensland Police Citizens Youth and Welfare Association
Highly Commended: Drink Driving Rehabilitation and Artwork Camps — Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku
Highly Commended: Low Speed Vehicles Runover Awareness and Preventative Campaign — Kidsafe Queensland Inc
Local GovernmentWinner: Patrick - The School Zone Pace Car — Logan City Council
Commended: Road Safety Strategic Plan 2011-15 — Toowoomba Regional Council
State GovernmentWinner: Stay On Track Outback — Sergeant Dominic Richardson, Queensland Police Service
Highly Commended: Project R.A.P.T.A.R. (Reduce Accidents, Prevent Tragedy, Activate Resources)
Highly Commended: Operation Edify (Road Safety) — Jimboomba Police, Queensland Police Service
InnovationWinner: Road Safety - Bundaberg Leads the Way — Senior Constable Danielle Loftus, Queensland Police Service
Commended: Drowsy Driver Reviver Kit — Janey Dwyer
Industry and BusinessWinner: Waverly Creek Rest Area Initiative — Road Accident Action Group Mackay
Highly Commended: Leighton Contractors Youth Drive Safe Initiative — Leighton Contractors
SchoolsCommended: St Mary's Primary School (Ipswich) Look Out program — St Mary's Primary School P&F Committee
Commended: Warrigal Road State School — Warrigal Road State School SafeST Committee
BTC is run by the Police Citizens Youth Clubs Queensland (PCYC) and has afforded over 300 disadvantaged youth (aged 16-25) with an opportunity to be paired with trained volunteer mentors and use 8 community sponsored vehicles to achieve the mandatory 100 hour learner driver hours. The primary outcome of BTC is the development of safe and competent drivers that have mature attitudes towards road safety.
The program has successfully engaged and worked with a marginalised section of the community that is traditionally over represented in all adverse traffic statistics. After 12 months of operation the programs 65 graduates have been able to boast traffic statistics that are far superior to that of their peers per capita.
Although Learner Driver Mentor Programs are not a new initiative the success of BTC is grounded in the levels of community engagement as evidenced by the recruitment of over 80 volunteer mentors and a range of formal partnerships with corporate and local businesses. The program has dedicated coordinators who are responsible for community engagement and the creation of a model that creates a longitudinal program that goes beyond simply booking and attending a driving session.
The youth are engaged for the entire 100 hour journey and matched with their own volunteer mentor who not only supervises driving but provides life mentoring. Throughout the 100 hours youth progress is monitored and at specific times the youth attend existing programs designed to improve driver attitudes, traffic knowledge and skills.
For more information about Braking the Cycle visit the PCYC website .
Highly Commended: Drink Driving Rehabilitation and Artwork Camps — Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku
This road safety initiative is based on the cultural camps designed by Mr Richard Burchill. The initiative is founded on the concept that to effectively address alcohol misuse and drink driving, looking at pre-colonisation and how strong Kuku Yalanji were as a society is the first phase of the initiative. From there, the effects of colonisation on Kuku Yalanji with the many losses it brought and also the introduction of strong alcohol and drugs. The camps also offer the opportunity to share strategies and educate people on a particular area, for example alcohol or road safety.
Camp components include:
- Discussing aspects like our moiety system, kinship structure, totems, lores, story sites, burial places, birth trees and legends
- Alcohol education (standard drinks, blood alcohol concentration, effects of alcohol on the body and driving ability)
- Drink driving for Kuku Yalanji - why we drink, the impact on ourselves, family and the community, the cultural pressure existing for people to drink drive
- Discussion about the impact drink driving has on the community (grief and loss; loss of employment and imprisonment)
- Developing relapse prevention plans for drink driving
Additionally as part of the camp, artwork will be designed with a drink driving message or story. This artwork will be professionally printed and circulated to criminal justice stakeholders and schools. The road safety focused camp encourages awareness about drink driving and discussion about other road practices.
Highly Commended: Low-speed Vehicles Runover Awareness and Preventative Campaign — Kidsafe Queensland Inc
Based on new research by B Griffin, K Watt, B Wallis, L Shields, R Kimble: Paediatric LSVRO fatalities in Queensland, Kidsafe Queensland, in collaboration with the researchers, developed an awareness and prevention campaign last quarter 2010.
Kidsafe mailed a poster, letter and a sticker to QPS, kindergartens, day-care centres, hospitals, GPs, before and after school care centres, maternal and child health and community nursing centres throughout Queensland. Kidsafe produced a TVC which was sent to all TV stations, the Kidsafe Qld YouTube, added to a DVD loop which is played in a variety of venues including PCYCs, Maternal and Child Health Clinics, hospitals and Kidsafe House.
At the time of the development of the prevention message and the TVC, Kidsafe organised and was involved in a media campaign which resulted in news coverage around Australia, segments on The Project, Sunrise, A Current Affair, and Lateline.
Kidsafe Qld produced 2 x 15 metre mats with 'kids' to graphically depict blind spot distances behind vehicles. This has been displayed at Neighbourhood Watch functions, various fetes, car club events, King George Square events, Suncorp Stadium events, road safety events and used by TMR for road safety school displays. Community awareness of LSVROs has been significantly increased.
The School Zone Pace Car - Patrick Pace Car is a road safety initiative of Logan City Council in partnership with Queensland Police, Dept of Transport & Main Roads and Schools within Logan.
Patrick Pace Car is a Council vehicle travelling at the school zone speed of 40km/h with lights flashing and displayed with magnetic stickers representing a 'pace car'. Schools are selected based on complaints, travel speeds, road configuration and perception of speeding. Queensland Police provide follow up speed enforcement.
Speeding has decreased generally around schools in Logan although regular patrols are necessary. Patrick Pace Car has proved popular at school Fetes, road safety exhibitions and with local community groups. Staff from Council drives these designated vehicles. The program is ongoing and piggy-backs on Police operations on speeding and Operation Back to School.
With global momentum escalating towards the provision of safer communities and environments for all, Toowoomba Regional Council has developed a Strategic Road Safety Plan to facilitate Safe Roads and Roadsides, Safe Speeds, Safe Vehicles, and Safe People.
Council's strategic objective is to provide 'a well-planned, safe and functional transportation system' that meets the needs of those living within and visiting our region, and the strategy was developed to facilitate a safe road system increasingly free of death and injury through the introduction of the plan.
'Stay On Track Outback' is a problem oriented partnership policing road safety initiative to enhance road safety on rural and remote highways of outback Queensland. The project aims to raise driver safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crash occurrences on rural highways and roads caused by factors which are not related to or prevented through traditional 'Fatal Five' targeted QPS traffic enforcement strategies.
The 'Stay On Track Outback' project provides strategies to raise driver safety awareness and reduce traffic crash occurrences caused by the following factors:
- The unique driving conditions experienced on rural highways and remote roads
- The unique driving hazards and safe driving behaviours involved in sharing roads with heavy vehicles, oversize and wide loads, wildlife, livestock and other hazards, and
- Driver inexperience on rural highways and remote roads, including limited towing experience for caravan and 4WD tourists.
The project was launched in the Charleville Police District in August, 2012 in partnership with financial supporters SANTOS energy, Imparja Television, regional Councils and in-kind supporters including the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, regional Visitor Information Centres, and Caravanning Queensland.
'Stay On Track Outback' has successfully delivered road safety awareness strategies through a series of animated television advertisements, ABC Western Queensland radio announcements, the launch of a road safety and trip planning web page www.qld.gov.au/stayontrackoutback , articles and web links in regional, state and national media and tourist publications and distribution of road safety information to target motorists through Visitor Information Centres and Queensland and interstate travel shows.
R.A.P.T.A.R. (Reduce Accidents, Prevent Tragedy, Activate Resources) is a collaborative effective road safety community initiative generated by the Ravenshoe Police due to an unacceptable high rate of fatalities, serious crashes and ongoing traffic related offences being committed. RAPTAR was generated because local people were losing their lives on our local roads and the community screamed for change.
RAPTAR specifically targets the reduction in serious and fatal crashes occurring within the division. RAPTAR combines key representatives from the community, local businesses, government and others concerned about road safety to form a workable "hands on" action group, addressing localised issues.
This working group plans, researches, discusses, develops and implements a multi combination range of effective initiatives to combat the high rate of road crashes and to bring about lasting change in road safety. The Vision of RAPTAR is - "No person should be killed or seriously injured on Australian roads".
RAPTAR's aims are a multiple disciplined approach utilising:
- Community, Government Partnerships and engagement causing ownership and impact
- Collaboration with all agencies with a "hands on" practical approach to address a variety of issues
- Identifying, effective and relevant deployment of available and additional resources when required to combat issues affecting the community.
RAPTAR is a highly innovative successful community project that has generated multiple extensive improved road safety enhancements. These enhancements have resulted in dramatic decreases in serious crashes, no fatalities, and ultimately saving lives through the combined use of the RAPTAR aims.
Jimboomba Police Division comprises of an area in excess of 580 square kilometres of mainly semi-rural residential lifestyle. The Division comprises of 9 Primary and combined Primary/Secondary schools. Due to the semi-rural demographics most students utilise buses or are driver to school.
For the period 2001 - 2011 Jimboomba Division increased in population by over 40% (close to 40,000 residents in 2011). This growth resulted in a growth of over 45% in primary school students. The increasing number and severity of the trauma eventuated in a fatality.
In September 2010 a 10 year old girl was severely injured after getting off a school bus after being dropped off at her bus stop after school. The 10yo has then run across the road to her parents and was struck by a car causing significant injuries. In December 2012 an 8 year old was killed on the last day of school when he was dropped off after school at his bus stop. He has run from behind the bus across the road to his grandparents and was struck by a car.
Operation 'Edify' is a pro-active strategy incorporating education and enforcement which was developed by key stakeholders and the main combined education and enforcement components. Ongoing education through bus safety presentations, colouring-in competitions and reinforcement through local media continues.
Road Safety - Bundaberg Leads the Way is a community partnership initiative focusing on 'at risk' road users, in particular youth. The initiative was led by Bundaberg police in collaboration with local driving schools, Department of Education, Training and Employment, Catholic and Independent schools, IMPACT and local media.
The initiative was piloted from July to November 2012 and involved approximately 200 Year 10 students who were assigned the role of a Road Safety Observer (RSO). RSO's travelled along pre-determined routes with driving instructors who provided information on roundabouts, merging, intersections, giving way and various other road rules. RSO's also learnt about the role of police, breath and drug testing units and how road rules are enforced.
- Engaging youth to work collaboratively with police, driver training instructors and the Bundaberg community, to increase road safety awareness and adherence to road rules
- Involve disengaged and school aged youth as Road Safety Observers in road safety ‘field trips’
- Build rapport and create trust between police, community, and youth
- Create links between youth and local driver training instructors. Establishing early contacts may assist in changing the attitude and behaviour of youth who may have otherwise turned to unlicensed driving/traffic related offences
- Communicate RSO feedback to school communities, parents, and the Bundaberg community via local media, promoting road safety messages, which seek to change the attitude and behaviour of Bundaberg road users.
Positive outcomes include youth participation, feedback and projected benefits of increased road safety awareness and behavioural change.
Commended: Drowsy Driver Reviver Kit — Janey DwyerThe Drowsy Driver Reviver Kit is a kit that provides all the tools to facilitate an effective and refreshing roadside power nap. It is 50% useful and 50% educational as it encourages the user to recognise and act upon the critical signs of fatigue.
Its contents include:
- Blow up neck support for comfort
- Sleeping shades to keep out any light and promote restful napping
- A timer to enable the user to set for 20 mins, the recommended time for an effective power nap
- Two bottles of water as the first sign of dehydration is tiredness and to increase blood flow after napping
- EKKO wipes to wipe and refresh yourself with
- Lens wipes to clean sunglasses or opticals for a clearer view of the road ahead
- Caffeine gum (1 gum = 1 cup of coffee)
- Brochures / DVD on recognising the critical signs of fatigue and how to powernap effectively.
It is small enough to always be kept in the car as a reminder that it is the driver's responsibility to recognise the critical signs of fatigue and also give the means to have a refreshing power nap.
The Road Accident Action group (RAAG) in collaboration with the Department of Transport recognised the need to assess fatigue management of heavy vehicle drivers along the Bruce Highway. Together they undertook an assessment of the upgraded Waverly Creek rest area investigating its suitability versus the needs recognised by the heavy vehicle drivers utilising the site.
The primary goals of the project were to:
- Understand the suitability of the Waverley Creek rest area facilities, particularly for professional heavy vehicle drivers
- Provide educational driver information regarding effective fatigue management techniques, statistics and strategies
- Promote the Waverly Creek rest area and the use of other designated stops and to identify improvements for future roadside developments that will help manage driver fatigue.
271 truck drivers were surveyed over a continuous 72 hour period at a "truckie reviver" held at the Waverly Creek area. Results indicated that more heavy vehicle rest areas were required along the Bruce Highway, in particular north of Mackay, and increased industry accountability for training and communicating information on fatigue is required.
Outcomes to date include the preliminary survey results being shared amongst other government departments, road action groups and industry forums. Improvements resulting from the survey will create safer travelling options for heavy vehicle drivers on the Bruce highway and similar roadways.
The Leighton Contractors Youth Drive Safe Initiative (LCYDSI) is a road safety education and training program for school-based learner drivers. The initiative is aimed at equipping young learner drivers with essential knowledge, practical skills and on-road experience before gaining their provisional licence, helping to create safer drivers, safer roads and safer communities.
LCYDSI offers packages of five hours of free professional driving instruction to students at selected secondary schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory. In-school presentations targeting Years 11 and 12 students inform students about the initiative and introduce them to Leighton Contractors' (LCPL) operations and core values. The story-telling component of the presentation increases students' awareness of the risk factors faced by young road users. The driving instruction focuses on developing hazard perception and distraction management skills, increasing understanding of varying driving situations and road environments, and helping to minimise overconfidence by developing a realistic perception of their abilities and experience.
The initiative creates safer drivers by following a unique 5 Lesson Plan using an attitudinally focused learning approach for on-road driving instruction. The structured lesson plan has been developed to align with best practice principles in road safety education. Our company's commitment to safety is reflected in the initiative by placing an emphasis on teaching drivers to value and understand safe driving, the significance of attitude on behaviour change and ultimately be motivated to drive safely. Since its launch in 2008, LCYDSI has offered more than 12,800 hours of professional driving instruction to over 2,500 students, with nearly 15,000 students having attended the initiative's road safety education presentations.
St Mary's Primary School is located in central Ipswich City on the corner of Elizabeth and Mary Streets. St Edmund's, St Mary's College and Ipswich Boys' Grammar Schools are adjacent to and in the vicinity of the primary school. The four schools together have almost 3,000 students currently enrolled. Over 50% of students at the three Catholic schools use public transport in the form of buses and trains.
Both Elizabeth and Mary Streets have supervised children's crossings and Mary Street ends in a cul-de-sac, which also serves as the entrance to the St Edmund's and St Mary's colleges.
The school was dealing with a constrained traffic environment with lack of parking and a drop off zone that was being misused and clogging up the traffic network. The P&F approached TMR Road Safety for support in managing their drop off/pick up area. Their other concerns were the conflict between both the students and motorists' ingress/egress via the one driveway that served as a well used access point to reach the drop off/pick up zone and the primary school and college.
The initiative was to introduce the "Look Out" program in the drop off/pick up facility.
The Warrigal Road State School has over 1300 students and is located on Warrigal Road, one of the busiest roads in Brisbane. The school is located in a constrained environment and like most schools has limited parking available. There have been a number of serious crashes in the vicinity of the school sparking requests to state and local governments to "fix" the problem.
In 2008 a SafeST (Safe School Travel) committee was established to identify the issues and work with local and state stakeholders to work through their road safety issues. The current committee of Wendy Blakeney, Peter Morris and Karen Sharland have achieved great success by incrementally identifying issues and working through potential solutions with their partner stakeholders. Their aim was to continually strive to improve road safety outcomes recognising behaviours take a long time to change and need to be continually reinforced. They also recognised that through a longer term commitment, they were able to influence and lobby local and state governments for changes. By demonstrating a strong and long term commitment to road safety they have achieved significant road safety outcomes.
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