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TitleSafer speeds: an evaluation of public education materials
AuthorsRaftery SJ, Kloeden CN, Royals J
AbstractThe association between speed and road safety outcomes is well documented, yet reductions in speed limits continue to meet with resistance from the public. The aim of this report is to review speed education resources in order to identify those that may be used to increase public acceptance of reduced speed limits. Relevant agencies throughout Australia were contacted and web searches were conducted in order to find speed education resources. Public media campaigns were excluded from the review. Seventy resources were identified and included in the study. All were evidence based drawing on one or more of 27 central arguments. Based on consideration of the use of evidence, ease of understanding, potential to influence the general public, and the extent to which the resource supported the speed management principles of the National Road Safety Strategy, nine resources were identified as providing the best examples of speed education. In general the speed education resources were found to adopt predominantly safety-based arguments for reduced speed limits. It is suggested that the efficacy of these materials may be improved further by addressing the ways in which drivers rationalise their speeding behaviour. Four options for using or amending existing resources, or developing a new resource are presented.
Report NumberCASR114
PublisherCentre for Automotive Safety Research
Publisher CityAdelaide
SponsorDepartment of Infrastructure and Transport (on behalf of the former National Road Safety Council)
ISBN978 1 921645 52 5
Page Count73

Raftery SJ, Kloeden CN, Royals J (2013) Safer speeds: an evaluation of public education materials (CASR114), Centre for Automotive Safety Research, Adelaide.

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