NRMA - ACT Road Safety Trust

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The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust was formally established in 1992, by the ACT Government and NRMA Insurance with the principal objective of enhancing road safety for the benefit of the ACT road-using community.

The Trust has allocated over $20 million to over 350 innovative road safety projects since 1992.

The Trust supports the Safe System/Vision Zero approach to road safety which has been adopted by the ACT government and other Australian jurisdictions. This Vision as set out in the overarching National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 is that "No person should be killed or seriously injured on Australian roads".

A fact sheet on the Safe System/Vision Zero funded by the Trust is available for download.

Download: Fact Sheet (PDF File - 758k)

What's new in 2014

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.

Download: Download report (Microsoft Word XML Document - 39611k)

Record funding for Road Safety projects announced

High quality applications submitted to the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust have resulted in a record allocation of almost $1m for 18 projects to support research and events which will benefit road safety in the ACT and region.

Download: Media statement (Microsoft Word Document - 38k)
Media statement attachment - grant program (Microsoft Word Document - 51k)

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.

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Report of Independent Review of the Trust

The review by leading road safety expert Dr Soames Job found that the Trust is deservedly highly regarded in the road safety community and that the value of the Trust in advocacy, education, and leadership of road safety is significant and has not been fully appreciated as a contribution of the Trust to road safety in the ACT.

The review looked at outputs of the Trust in terms of projects funded, reports produced, media coverage obtained, and advocacy undertaken.

The review found that the community grants administered by the Trust provide good value for road safety for the ACT community.

Download: Download report (PDF File - 1449k)

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.

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NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust 2014/2015 Grant Program

Applications are now closed under the 2014/2015 Grant Program. Applications will be considered by the Trust later in the year and outcomes advised by the Secretary/Manager. Any queries in the meantime should be directed to the Secretary/Manager.

What's new in 2013

NRMA - ACT Road Safety Trust 2013/2014 Grant Program

Outcomes of 2103/2014 funding applications announced by Trust Chair.

Download: Media release (Microsoft Word Document - 37k)
Successful grants (Microsoft Word Document - 37k)

NRMA - ACT Road Safety Trust 2013/2014 Grant Program

Submissions are invited from individuals and community-based and other organisations wishing to apply for funding for projects or activities from the NRMA - ACT Road Safety Trust under the 2013/2014 Grant Program. Applications close on 8 March 2013. Please see Grant Applications section.

What's new in 2012

ANU and NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust continue older driver study

Download: Media release (Microsoft Word Document - 37k)

How Well Do we Notice Warnings? Drivers and Medication

Download: Media release (Microsoft Word Document - 36k)

ACT Cycle Study produces unexpected findings

Download: Media release (Microsoft Word Document - 34k)

CASR study

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. For more information see Reports section .

2012-2013 successful grants announced

Download: Media release (Microsoft Word Document - 31k)
Successful grants (Microsoft Word Document - 40k)

Remote and Rural Road Safety Fact Sheet

A Remote and Rural Safety Fact Sheet has been produced by the Australasian College of Road Safety with support from the Trust. ACT drivers should be aware of safety issues when driving in non city environments as the fatal crash rate in remote and rural environments is high.

Download: Remote and Rural Road Safety Fact Sheet (PDF File - 523k)

Driver behaviour

Results of a study which looked at car steering behaviour around moving obstacles in young and older groups of men and women. For more information see Reports section .

Safer road users

Report of the Motorcyle Riders Association of the ACT Ride to Thrive program 2006-2011. For more information see Reports section .

ACT pedal study confirms value of on-road lanes reserved exclusively for cyclists as a means of reducing their crash and injury rates but raises questions about safety of cycling in shared paths. For more information see Reports section .

Trust Funded PhD scholar Lucienne Kleissen's research findings at University of Canberra. The relationship between thinking and driving styles and their contribution to young driver road safety. For full copy of thesis see

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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. For more information see Reports section .

News Archive

For older news items see the News Archive .