Development of a proactive brief road safety intervention for industry: identifying issues associated with implementation

Rowland, Bevan D., Davey, Jeremy D., Freeman, James E., & Wishart, Darren E. (2008) Development of a proactive brief road safety intervention for industry: identifying issues associated with implementation. In High risk road users - motivating behaviour change: what works and what doesn't work? National Conference of the Australasian College of Road Safety and the Travelsafe Committee of the Queensland Parliament, 18-19 September 2008, Brisbane.


In Australia, road crashes are the most common cause of work-related fatalities, injuries and absence from work (Haworth et al., 2000), with the average time lost being greater than any other workplace claim (Stewart-Bogle, 1999; WA, 2003). Furthermore, work-related crashes account for up to 49% of work-related fatalities in Australia (NOHSC, 1998), and 13% of the national road toll (Murray, Newnam, Watson, Davey & Schonfeld, 2003). Consequently, there is a growing necessity to implement proactive interventions aimed at reducing crash occurrence and improving driver behaviour whilst maintaining time, cost and resource effectiveness. Based on previous brief intervention techniques used successfully in the health care field, a driving diary concept was developed with aims to reduce engagement in unsafe driving practices. This paper draws together findings from focus group research of government work-related drivers (n = 217) across Queensland metropolitan and regional areas. Results of the study will outline intervention objectives and conceptual characteristics, as well as, investigate issues and difficulties associated with the driving diary program implementation. This paper will further report on the major advantages and barriers associated with fleet safety interventions and propose recommendations directed at improving the implementation of fleet safety interventions, especially, the driving diary program.

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ID Code: 15073
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Work, Related Drivers, Fleet Drivers, Driver Behaviour, Driving Diary
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 22:22

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