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2001 research grants to improve road safety.



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25 July 2001 B44/2001

2001 RESEARCH GRANTS TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY

Senator Ron Boswell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, today announced that over $52,000 has been provided for three road safety research projects under the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's 2001 Road Safety Research Grant Scheme.

The projects aim to evaluate and improve road safety in light vehicle fleets; research drivers' beliefs and attitudes about speeding and speed countermeasures, and evaluate the effect of a driving course for older drivers.

"It's important that road safety initiatives continue to be backed by good research", Senator Boswell said.

"The Federal Government makes these grants available to researchers and the community so that people with good research ideas can compete for funding. The grants are an effective way of generating additional interest in road safety research, and we get some very good proposals."

"These grants will be used for research tasks that have the potential to identify improved measures to reduce road deaths and injuries."

The recipients selected under the Road Safety Research Grant Scheme are:

Dr Will Murray of the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, to evaluate and improve light vehicle fleet road safety in Australia -$12,231

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Mr Keith Wiltshire on behalf of the Hawthorn Community Education Project, Victoria, to administer the evaluation of the Community's 'Wiser Driver Course' for older drivers - $14,938 ●

Dr Julie Hatfield and Assoc Prof Soames Job of Sydney University, to assess beliefs and attitudes about speeding and appropriate countermeasures, and compare findings with those from earlier years - $24,995

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Contact: Tom Chesson: (07) 3001 8150 / 0417 225 176