The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) offers a collaborative network for Australian organisations to build and implement effective road safety strategies in the workplace.
The program offers organisations the resources to improve road safety that best fit their individual operations and, at the same time, improve business productivity through less time and money lost through safety incidents.
The program is not a prescriptive approach but aims to complement existing safety legislation by providing access to a ‘knowledge bank’ from a diverse network of organisations to given them the resources to implement their own initiatives. The tools will help make the business case for organisations shifting their safety focus from 'having' to safety to secure a contract to 'wanting' to because it is simply good business.
The Look: Young Men Encouraged To Keep Each Other Accountable Over Drink Driving
A new road safety campaign in Tasmania, leveraging off the familiar body language gesture, ‘the look’, aims to address the over-representation of young men in transport incidents due to alcohol.
Alcohol-related incidents account for 17 percent of road fatalities and serious crashes. On top of that, 25 percent of these are males aged 17-25.
‘Real mates do not let mates drink-drive’ is the strong message communicated by the new campaign, urging young men to give their mates ‘the look’ to prevent them from drink driving.
South Launceston Football Club is amongst the campaign’s supporters, and are promoting it through their club and community. Wayne Mitchell, Bulldogs’ president, mentioned how the campaign aligned well with the club, which has an average male age of 21/22.
“We like to look after each other, we want our players to go home to their families, especially after a function or a Saturday night,” he said.
“Our guys … take it very seriously and we look after our mates and that’s what it’s all about. It’s a team game, guys look after each other on the ground, but not just on the ground but off the ground as well.”
As the ‘Real Mates’ campaign asserts, words do not have to be verbally spoken – just a look can make a big difference.
Many of us focus on what makes an unsafe driver, working to identify their risky behaviours and avoid them. However, we often overlook that there are also good behaviours we should give our attention to – habits that make safe drivers.