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25 October 2012

AUSTRALIAN ROAD SAFETY AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

35 finalists representing a broad spectrum of community organisations, government, the corporate sector, industry and individuals from across the country will vie for the honours at the 2012 Australian Road Safety Awards presented by Caltex.

The Australian Road Safety Awards, to be staged on Wednesday 21 November 2012, recognise achievements and innovations which will improve road safety across the nation. The Awards are an initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), the organisers of the annual national road safety awareness day, Fatality Free Friday.

The Awards program, which commenced in 2011, is designed to help to raise general awareness about road safety and promote strategies and initiatives that address road safety issues across all sectors.

The 35 finalists will be in the running to win awards across eight awards categories including Community Programs; School Programs; Corporate Fleet Safety; Indigenous Road Safety; Local Government Initiatives; State Government Initiatives; Innovation and Media.

Finalists in the Award categories, Community Programs, School Programs, Innovation and Indigenous Road Safety, will be invited to apply for the new Caltex Improvement Grant which could earn the recipient up to $10,000 in funding to continue or expand their project.

ARSF CEO and Founder Russell White said the significant number of entries and finalists reinforces that many organisations are making vital contributions towards improving road safety nationally.

“I believe Caltex’s two new groups of cash incentives have also contributed to the positive response to this year’s program,” said Mr White.

“The introduction of the Caltex Road Safety Improvement Grant to the 2012 Australian Road Safety Awards program will provide much-needed seed funding for burgeoning road safety programs and products. This grant worth up to $10,000 will see to it that an important Australian program or product is further developed or expanded in duration or reach.

“Also thanks to Caltex, some of the finalists have a chance of securing further funding for its road safety program following the introduction of $2000 cash prizes for the winners of the non government and non corporate award categories, Community Programs, School Programs, Innovation and Indigenous Road Safety,” he said.

Mr White said he was delighted with the calibre of the finalists in the 2012 Australian Road Safety Awards.

“This year’s program is again accessible to many Australian road and driver safety stakeholders and our finalists represent a broad range of leading organisations and individuals from across the country,” said Mr White.

“It is clear from the quality of the finalists that there is a need to recognise the exceptional efforts of the many community, industry and government organisations focused on driver and road safety in Australia.

Mr White said the Awards will encourage ongoing professional development for corporate organisations and government departments, widespread community engagement and individual action in reducing road trauma.

“As well as formally recognising stakeholders’ commitment to improving road safety outcomes, the Australian Road Safety 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,” said Mr White.

The Awards are sponsored by Caltex Australia, Australia’s leading transports fuels supplier and convenience retailer.

The winners of the Australian Road Safety Awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on Wednesday 21 November. To learn more about the Australian Road Safety Awards visit www.australianroadsafetyawards.com.au.

The finalists are:

Innovation

  • E-Log Systems – Learner Driver Recorder
  • Hanson Construction Queensland Wolffdene Quarry Safe Driving Workshop
  • Hypodrive – Remember “Five To Drive”
  • Optalert – Optalert System
  • Queensland Police – Project R.A.P.T.A.R
  • Queensland PCYC – Braking the Cycle Project
  • Smart Car Technologies Pty Ltd – Intelligent Speed Adaptation Speed Alert
  • Trauma Service Westmead Hospital – bStreetSmart
  • Western Australia Police – Being Seen, Being Safe

Community Programs

  • Royal Automobile Association of SA, The Advertiser’s Road Safety Awareness education resource
  • Milton Ulladulla Driver Education Group – Milton Ulladulla Driver Education Program
  • Skill Master Motorcycle Services
  • Queensland Police – Project R.A.P.T.A.R
  • Hypodrive – Lions Australia Hypodrive Program
  • Michelin Australia – Fill Up With Air
  • Spinal Injuries Association – Spinal Education Awareness Team Program
  • Queensland Police Citizens Youth and Welfare Association – Braking the Cycle Program

School Programs

  • Hypodrive – Lions Australia Hypodrive Program
  • Safety Sense Young Driver Safety Concepts – Simulated Driving Awareness Program
  • Western Australia Police – Being Seen, Being Safe
  • Trauma Service Westmead Hospital – bStreetSmart
  • Milton Ulladulla Driver Education Group – Driver Education Program

State Government Initiatives

  • Queensland Police – Project R.A.P.T.A.R
  • Western Australia Police – Being Seen, Being Safe
  • Trauma Service Westmead Hospital – bStreetSmart
  • Northern Territory Department of Transport – DriveSafe NT Remote (DSNTR)
  • South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service – South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program

Local Government Initiatives

  • Bankstown City Council – “Driving Safely In and Around School Zones” Road Safety Project
  • Blacktown City Council – Under the Radar
  • Lismore City Council – Drive to Conditions Road Safety Project
  • Trauma Service Westmead Hospital – bStreetSmart

Indigenous Initiatives

  • Playful Beginnings Aboriginal Corporation – “The Road, My Mob and Me”
  • Hypodrive – Hypodrive Mentor Driver Training Program

Corporate Fleet

  • Energy Resources Australia
  • Hanson Construction Queensland – Wolffdene Quarry Safe Driving Workshop

ENDS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Natalie McKeering

0418 986 084

natalie@nmcommunications.com.au

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION

(formerly the Fatality Free Friday Road Safety Foundation)

The Australian Road Safety Foundation, established by driver safety advocate Russell White, is committed to improving road safety and reducing driver trauma and fatalities on Australian roads through community engagement, research, advocacy and education. The Foundation’s signature events include the award-winning national road safety initiative, Fatality Free Friday, which will be held on Friday 25 May 2012, the World’s Largest Driving Lesson and the Australian Road Safety Awards which was staged for the first time on 23 November 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Natalie McKeering

0418 986 084

natalie@nmcommunications.com.au