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.
Chair Don Aitkin, AO was very enthusiastic about the overall quality of applications considered by the Trust. “The previous highest allocation was $762,000 for the 2006/2007 Grant Program so by allocating $976,439 in this round we are acknowledging it was wonderful for the Trust to have so many varied and interesting first rate projects to support.”
Community based projects which will receive Trust funding include:
- Trial of Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) at Canberra Hospital and Health Services;
- The Deaf Society of NSW to create accessible information in Auslan on the child restraint regulation(s) for young deaf families;
- Council on the Ageing ACT (Inc) for a program to provide local and practical information to seniors on: driver safety; pedestrian safety; planning for a successful transition from driver to non-driver; and alternative transport options;
- Yass Valley Council for a NSW/ACT cross border education campaign to focus on motorist’s behaviour, as well as their awareness of conditions on rural roads. The primary campaign message will address appropriate speed selection on rural roads and will urge motorists to slow down and drive to conditions.
- Motorcycle Riders of the ACT – grants to continue MASTERS training courses and Joe Rider awareness;
- Extension of Kidsafe ACT’s existing multi-year agreement with the Trust and extension of Kidsafe’s restraint services to Non-English speaking communities.
Research projects which will receive Trust funding include:
- Effects of sleep loss on change detection while driving (ANU);
- Learning to drive with bikes: identifying ways to increase safe driving practices (Adelaide and Monash Universities)
- Transportation of children with bicycle seats, trailers and other carriers: considerations for safety (University of Adelaide).
Details of the full program of grants are available on the Trust’s website at www.roadsafetytrust.org.au
(NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Media Release)