The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) would like to congratulate CARRS-Q (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland) for celebrating 25 years in saving lives on our roads. CARRS-Q is a recognised global leader in road safety and has produced some of Australia’s leading workplace road safety experts. CARRS-Q has also been a long-term Program Partner of NRSPP which included supporting Professor Barry Watson in his role as NRSPP second Independent Chair from 2019 to 2022.
Below are celebratory words from CARRS-Q Director Professor Andry Rakotonirainy
In 1996, Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan together with MAIC envisioned creating a research centre on accident prevention. Recently CARRS-Q staff, students, past academic leaders, as well as government and industry partners celebrated the Centre’s 25th birthday.
It’s a matter of great pride to see CARRS-Q growing and contributing to better road safety by producing groundbreaking research, advocacy, capacity building by graduating hundreds of PhD/Masters, and working with policy-makers to create policy backed by evidence.
I am grateful for the success and the wealth and the many fantastic government, industry partners, collaborations and colleagues that have contributed to the success of CARRS-Q.
I am also thankful to every staff and student, no matter what position you have at this centre.
Now, what is lying ahead of us?
- How will our society move from A to B in the future?
- How can we have a world without crashes, injuries, fatalities and traffic jams?
- How can we provide fair, accessible and environmentally friendly mobility service for all?
In the two days following the 25th anniversary event, CARRS-Q discussed such challenges with government, industry partners and academic colleagues.
Let’s ensure we are prepared for this global transport mobility revolution.
As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, we revealed CARRS-Q’s new cycling jersey titled Keeping Your Distance. The jersey celebrates Australia’s First Peoples’ tradition of visual storytelling, with artwork from Uncle Paul Constable Calcott a proud Wiradjuri man, encouraging safe passing distances by motorists. CARRS-Q was involved in evaluating the minimum passing distance legislation.