Upcoming Free NRSPP Webinars

The National Road Safety Partnership Program is holding free webinars which will give councils an opportunity to engage with experts on road safety.

Here are the details:

24 July – Rio Tinto: How can a linked CRM-bow tie approach prevent fatalities and serious injuries?

22 August – Dr Carmel Harrington: Don’t be a sleepy driver – managing sleep when working shift

  • Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm AEST which allows 20 for questions
  • Link: https://www.nrspp.org.au/?events=nrspp-webinar-sleepy-drivers-are-distracted-drivers
  • Description: Did you know that driver distraction is one of the biggest causes of serious injuries and fatalities on Australian roads? In fact, research estimates that 1 in 4 vehicle crashes on our roads are caused by distracted or inattentive drivers. Drivers who are sleep deprived are subject to many neurocognitive consequences, including increased distractibility. Research shows that individuals who have chronic sleep deprivation adapt to feelings of tiredness and do not report feeling a sense of sleepiness. However, they display the same decreases in psychomotor vigilance, working memory and cognitive performance, as someone who has not slept for two days. These drivers experience the same consequences as acutely sleep-deprived drivers, with increased distractibility, but these symptoms are often hidden or unrecognised.