Tuesday 1 May 2018, online, 2pm - 3.30pm NZDT
Driving is unpredictable and requires 100% of a driver's attention at all times. This webinar particularly focused on communication technology as a distraction, and explored how employers can tackle driver distraction within their fleets.
Using a phone at the wheel, whether hand-held or hands-free, significantly increases the risk of a driver being involved in a crash. The webinar provided an opportunity to hear from academics and practitioners about how to eliminate and mitigate the distraction of communication technology.
It was held in the run-up to Road Safety Week NZ 2018, which had the theme Belt up, phone off - make it a habit. Further information on the week can be found at www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz.
Our academic and practitioner speakers discussed:
- why distraction is an important road safety issue, and why drivers get distracted
- the addictiveness and distractions of different technologies
- policies to help mitigate driver distraction
- measures to help employers identify drivers who may be distracted at the wheel
- measures to raise awareness of distraction through education and communication programmes
- Dr Cassandra Gauld, Research Associate, Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q)
- Adrian Stephenson, Senior Education and Advertising Advisor, New Zealand Transport Agency
- Charles Dawson, CEO, Autosense
- Fauzia Ali, National EHS Advisor, Johnson Controls
By the end of the webinar attendees:
- understood some of the causes of driver distraction, the risks posed by it, and the importance of tackling it;
- were able to identify measures that may assist their organisation to tackle distraction.