Australia

Fatality Free Friday
31 May 2013, Australian Road Safety Foundation

On Friday 31 May 2013 all Australian road users are urged to ‘take the pledge’ of Fatality Free Friday – it’s a promise to ‘drive to stay alive’. That’s the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s aim for Fatality Free Friday: Not a single road death in Australia for just one day. Fatality Free Friday, Australia’s only national community based road safety program, has grown since its inception in 2007. The Australian Road Safety Foundation will use this year’s Fatality Free Friday event program to put the spotlight on LEVEL CROSSINGS - "Don't gamble with your life at level crossings". To drive home the importance of road safety the Fatality Free Friday event at each of our event venues (Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne) will feature an empty shoe display with approximately 1400 pairs of shoes which represent on average the number of people killed each year on Australian roads.

Contact: Tina Wang
Tel: +1300 723 843
Email: info@australianroadsafetyfoundation.com

"DRIVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE" Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Campaign
6-12 May 2013, Safer Australian Roads and Highways

2013 Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) “DRIVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE!”, (aka “DRIVE SOS!”) Yellow Ribbon Campaign will focus not only on those who find themselves vulnerable pedestrians on or beside our raods, but especially those who assist and protect us everyday (ie. Emergency Services, Tow-Truck and Roadside Assistance Personnel). This year’s slogan will be "My Yellow Ribbon shows that I “DRIVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE”. As the focus for International Road Safety Week is pedestrian safety, our campaign will focus on driving to protect those who assist and protect us on our roads and highways. When these personnel are helping at an incident, they are pedestrians for they are placed in harm’s way, We, as drivers, have a clear “duty of care” to actively protect their safety. In short, we need to protect those who assist and protect us! In Australia, Sunday 12th May is Mothers Day. Our slogan for the day will be: All any Mum really wants this Sunday is for her loved ones to arrive home safely...“Protect her loved ones - DRIVE SO OTHERS SURVIVE!”

Contact: Peter Frazer
Tel: +61466968700
Email: safer-roads@hotmail.com

Joint ANCAP / CASR / ACRS Pedestrian Safety Demonstration
7 May 2013, Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)

To mark the second anniversary of the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the University of Adelaide's Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) and the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) will be conducting a live safety demonstration. Pedestrian protection testing has been undertaken by ANCAP through CASR for over a decade and more recently, with the introduction of active Safety Assist Technologies, CASR have now developed a capability of testing the effectiveness of forward collision avoidance systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). A vehicle fitted with a range of safety assist technologies will be on display. The demonstration will show first-hand how new technologies can alert the driver to an imminent crash, and intervene to prevent a crash from occurring.

Contact: Rhianne Robson
Tel:+61262320232
Email: ancap@ancap.com.au

Launch of Driving Change, a driver licensing program for young Aboriginal people
10 May 2013, The George Institute for Global Health

Driving Change is a community driven program aimed at helping young Aboriginal people in Australia gain their driver license and access road safety messages. Funded by the AstaZeneca Young Health Programme and NSW Government, this innovative progam will build community capacity in road safety and driver licensing in urban and remote Aborigianl communities in 6 sites in NSW. The program will be launched on May 10 2013.

Contact: Rebecca Ivers
Tel:+61 2 9657 0361
Email: rivers@georgeinstitute.org.au

Pedestrian Safety Demonstration
7 May 2013, Centre for Automotive Safety Research, The University of Adelaide

MEDIA EVENT: The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR), the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS), will join together today to conduct a pedestrian safety demonstration at CASR’s Vehicle Testing Laboratory in Kent Town. Marking the second anniversary of the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 during UN Global Road Safety Week, the demonstration will show how new technologies can alert the driver to an imminent crash, and intervene to prevent a crash from occurring. An impact test will be conducted to demonstrate methods used to evaluate the degree of impact protection exhibited by the vehicle exterior. A video-based autonomous emergency braking system will also be demonstrated, showing how pedestrians can be detected and protected through enhanced reaction and stopping times.

Contact: Robert Anderson
Tel: +61 8 8313 5997
Email: robert@casr.adelaide.edu.au

Walking the road to safety
6 MAy 2013, Victoria Police, TAC, MUARC and RACV

Victoria Police join with the TAC, Monash University Accident Research Centre and RACV to raise awareness of pedestrian safety as part of the Second UN Global Road Safety Week, with the launch of Operation Halo.

Contact: Cath Allen
Tel: +61392475270
Email: catherine.allen@police.vic.gov.au

Operation Halo
6-10 May 2013, Victoria Police

Victoria Police will run Operation Halo this week across the Melbourne, Yarra, Boroondara, Stonnington and Port Philip Police Service Areas. Operation Halo targets the factors behind road trauma involving vulnerable road users, including pedestrians.

Contact: Cath Allen
Tel: +61392475270
Email: catherine.allen@police.vic.gov.au

Don’t Do Your Dash
7-9 May 2013, Victoria Police

Victoria Police will be conducting Operation Don’t Do Your Dash in the Melbourne CBD over three days focussing on pedestrian behaviour. Police urge all pedestrians to use designated crossing areas for greater safety and increased visibility and will be issuing fines to those who fail to obey traffic lights and signs.

Contact: Cath Allen
Tel: +61392475270
Email: catherine.allen@police.vic.gov.au

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