Pam Hook and Mary Chamberlain, both highly experienced educators, have contributed the three papers below. Pam and Mary provide useful insights into the evidence base for road safety education that works, principles of good learning design, and what effective teaching and learning with this context looks like in New Zealand primary and secondary schooling.
As part of the NZTA’s commitment to the government’s Safer Journeys Strategy, we provide a range of crash analysis reports. These reports provide information at a variety of levels (national, regional and territorial authority) and across a number of key road safety themes.
The Difference Between Life and Death – a 20 minute film The safe system approach recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in loss of life or limb. Mistakes are inevitable - deaths and serious injuries from road crashes are not. Learn more about NZ’s safe system approach by watching this short video. www.saferjourneys.govt.nz
The CAS is an integrated computer system that provides tools to collect, map, query, and report on road crash and related data. It contains data from all traffic crashes reported by police. It provides a platform for the development of road safety initiatives. The information provided by CAS is used to determine and analyse trends, which help direct recommendations around road safety funding allocations, target road safety programmes and monitor their performance.
Pam Hook writes about how the safe road system is used as a context for active citizenship in the NZ Transport Agency’s road safety education resources. With their ‘strengths-based’ approach to road safety education, these curriculum resources engage young people in thinking and acting together to find and manage opportunities and challenges for roads and road users in their local communities. This paper summarises the thinking behind design for pedagogy that matters.
The Guidelines for assessing Road Safety Education for young people provide New Zealand schools with useful questions to assess Road Safety Education initiatives and programmes being offered to their school and community. Links to presentations and further research included.
The TARS Research Group has conducted leading-edge research into truck driver fatigue, distractions produced by cell phones, perceptions of risk, eye movement behaviour, safety at intersections, the design of road worker's safety vests, patterns of driving behaviour in New Zealand, the design of overtaking lanes, the effectiveness of road signs, urban threshold design, and many other topics.