Eliminating driver distraction

Tuesday 1 May 2018, online, 2pm - 3.30pm NZDT

distracted driver

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

Speakers included:

  • 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

Learning outcomes

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.

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