Webinar: An Australian Drink Driving Policy and Regulatory Framework

Date: Thursday, 9 April 2020
Location: Online, 12:00 – 1:00pm AEST
Organiser: Austroads
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This webinar will provide an overview of an Austroads project that examined alcohol related road trauma over a three year period and reported on Australian legislation, penalty and enforcement policies and practices and recommended improvements for both the short and long term.

About 18% of all road fatalities involve drink driving across Australia, with drink driving involved in more than 200 deaths each year. All Australian jurisdictions have now adopted a Towards Zero approach to road safety. If the goal of zero lives lost on Australian roads is to be achieved, new medium and long term measures will be needed to address drink driving.

The report summarises the countermeasures in place in Australian States and Territories that aim to reduce alcohol involved road trauma. It also identifies a range of potential new measures, based on good international practice and research evidence, which could lead to reductions in drink driving fatalities and serious injuries and help to achieve the goal of zero fatalities by 2050.

You’ll learn about:

  • alcohol consumption trends and self-reported behaviours and attitudes to drink driving in Australia
  • the profile of drink drivers and challenges in further deterring drink driving in rural and remote areas
  • current Australian practice to deter drink driving
  • opportunities for jurisdictions to adopt effective countermeasures from Australian and international policies and practice.

Join in a live Q&A with our expert panel to have your questions answered.

Presented by Eric Howard and Anne Harris

Eric Howard is Principal of Whiting Moyne P/L a strategic road safety advisory consultancy providing services internationally since 2006. He was recognised in 2018 with the Award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to road transport safety through consultancy roles, to professional bodies, and to the community.

Eric was  General Manager Road Safety with VicRoads for seven years and has lead or co-authored road safety management capacity reviews, drafted relevant road safety strategies and provided road safety advice in more than 35 countries, both developed and developing, including Sweden, Canada, Australian States, New Zealand, Serbia, Argentina, China, India, Qatar and Indonesia, for governments, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFAT (AusAID) and other international institutions. He continues to provide road safety development guidance and training to a number of countries.

Eric was responsible for introduction of the “Safe System” approach to road safety in Victoria and Australia in 2004 and lead the OECD/ ITF Committee that produced the “Towards Zero: Ambitious road safety targets and the safe system approach” report in 2008. He has facilitated the Monash Road Safety Management Leadership Program, a one week high level course for Australasian and International senior road safety executives conducted twice each year by MUARC, since 2014.

Anne Harris has worked in road safety for more than 25 years. She managed road safety with RACV before establishing her consulting business ten years ago.

Anne has had extensive experience working in the area of young and novice driver safety, co-authoring numerous journal articles and reports.  She has worked extensively with VicRoads and the TAC developing road safety programs for learners and supervising drivers, P drivers, hoon drivers, drink and drug drivers as well as juvenile justice clients. Most recently she has worked with the TAC as the project manager and lead curator of the Road to Zero Education Complex. She developed the Australian Graduated Licensing Policy Framework for Austroads as well as the ACT Road Safety Education Strategy, with Eric Howard, and worked on the development of the 2016-2020 Victorian Towards Zero Strategy.

Anne has qualifications in psychology and business management.

No charge but registration is essential.

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