Brake report on effective road safety education interventions released in support of Road Safety Week next month

In advance of Road Safety Week, 8-14 May, Brake the road safety charity has published a guidance report that aims to help practitioners and campaigners develop practical approaches to education interventions on road safety and sustainable travel.

The Inspire, Inform, Engage report, produced thanks to support from Suzuki New Zealand, looks at developing a pragmatic approach to education interventions related to safe, sustainable, healthy and fair transport, either in organisational settings such as schools or companies, or through wider communication campaigns.

The report looks at current research and evidence from academics in the fields of transport psychology and health education, and helps practitioners to set realistic outcome goals and monitor and evaluate against those goals. It discusses the legitimacy of education and communication as a means to raise awareness of, and inspire action for, road safety issues, but also explains recent evidence that long-term attitudinal and behavioural change is difficult to achieve and measure as a result of single interventions.

The report is available for free to everyone at: www.brake.org.nz/info-resources2/1310-report-inspire-inform-engage. Members of Brake Professional, Brake's service for those working to reduce incidents involving at-work drivers, can also access it through www.brakepro.org.

Mary Williams, Brake chief executive says: "Traditional road safety education and communication has focused on attitudinal and behavioural change, which current research shows is difficult to achieve quickly or through one initiative - it often requires a combination of things including enforcement and repetition of messaging over long periods of time. This doesn't mean that road safety and sustainable travel education should be abandoned though; it has a key role to play in informing people about the issues, deepening their knowledge and inspiring action to help save lives, including for example campaigning in communities for measures that slow down traffic. This free report is valuable for a range of practitioners and campaigners and I encourage anyone who works in the field, or has an interest in this topic, to access it."

Gary Collins, General Manager of Automobile Marketing at Suzuki New Zealand says: "Suzuki is delighted to be supporting Brake. This guidance report will be an excellent tool for practitioners and campaigners to use in developing their road safety initiatives. We want drivers to get to their destinations safely, so knowing what messages work and how best to communicate them is important."

Brake is calling on members of the public to play their part in making roads safer by getting involved in Road Safety Week 2017 (8-14 May). The Week coincides with the UN Global Road Safety Week and the theme is speed, calling on drivers to Save Lives #SlowDown. To find out more and register to be part of the Week, go to www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz.

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