Australian Road Safety Awards Winners Announced

Thursday, 8 December 2011
The winners of the inaugural 2011 Australian Road Safety Awards  presented by Caltex were announced tonight during the National Final and Gala Dinner held in Sydney.

Gold Coast City Council won the Local Government Award and the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (Overall Award) for its SMART Motorcycle Training Program.

SMART is a road safety initiative that offers professional instruction for licensed motorcycle riders to help improve rider skills and knowledge of local and hinterland roads and reduce riders’ chances of crashing when faced with challenging road conditions.

Across Australia, motorcyclists are 20 times more likely to be killed in a fatal road crash than a car driver or passenger . In Queensland, fatalities from crashes involving motorcycles increased by 71.4% between 2003 and 2008 with 72 fatalities resulting from crashes involving motorcycles in 2008.

The Fatality Free Friday Road Safety Foundation (FFFRSF) launched the Awards program to recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of road safety in Australia.

“As well as formally recognising stakeholders’ commitment to improving road safety outcomes, we hope the Awards will encourage new standards of excellence in the road safety industry and in turn, will act as a catalyst to increase road safety activities across the nation,” explained FFFRSF Chairman Russell White.

“This evening we acknowledged nine winners from a field of 35 finalists across 10 categories, representing a broad spectrum of community organisations, government, industry and individuals.

The significant number of entries and finalists reinforces that many organisations are making vital contributions towards improving road safety nationally.

“I would like to congratulate tonight’s Awards winners for their commitment to improving road safety and reducing road trauma.

“Tragically, on average, four people are killed and 90 are seriously injured every day on Australia's roads. Almost everyone has, at some stage, been affected by a road crash (National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, Australian Transport Council).

As we approach the end of the first year of the global initiative, Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, it is very clear that road safety is an area where we could be doing better, much better. Strong leadership and a federally-funded, multifaceted approach which changes the behaviour of road users will go a long way to reducing our road toll and ultimately one day achieving zero fatalities on Australian roads,” he said.

Mark Leathan, Caltex Australia’s Brand Advertising and Marketing Communications Manager, said: “Road safety is of critical importance not only for our own people and drivers, but for our customers and every road user and pedestrian. We are keen to help raise awareness of road safety initiatives through our support of the Australian Road Safety Awards.”

The Australian Road Safety Awards judging panel included: Chair of Road Safety at UNSW, Professor Raphael Grzebieta; international road safety expert Robert Klein and Senior Manager at the National Transport Commission, Dr Jeff Potter.


The Awards are sponsored by Caltex, Australia's leading transport fuel supplier and convenience retailer.

To learn more about the Australian Road Safety Awards visit: www.australianroadsafetyawards.com.au. The winners are:

Community Programs
Winner: Gulgong Liquor Accord, NSW
Project: The “Nightrider” Bus

School Programs
Winner: Youthsafe, NSW
Project: Plan2

State Government Initiatives
Winner: Territory Insurance Office, NT
Project: Party Safe Program

Local Government Initiative
Winner: Gold Coast City Council, QLD
Project: SMART Motorcycle Training Program

Innovation

Winner: VISIONDRIVE. QLD
Project: In-Vehicle Driver Recorders

Corporate Fleet Safety

Winner: Redland City Council, QLD
Project: Fleet Safety Program

Indigenous Road Safety

Winner: Clontarf Aboriginal College, WA
Project: Unique Driver Education Program

Media
Highly Commended Award: The Government of South Australian Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure
Project: 1000 Horsepower – Rail Level Crossing Safety Campaign and Safety Strategy & Action Plan 2010-2012

Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – Overall Winner
Winner: Gold Coast City Council, QLD
Project: SMART Motorcycle Training Program

Caltex Award

Winner: Hypodrive, QLD
Project: Hypodrive Awareness Program


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