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Welcome to the sixth CADROSA newsletter, and the fourth CADROSA newsletter for 2017. In this edition I am so pleased to share the latest CADROSA efforts with you, and I encourage you to share your CADROSA efforts with the wider adolescent road safety community.
In this edition we have a focus on ‘the real world’ and working outside the norm. 

As an academic it can be very tempting – and indeed, it can be very easy – to work with other academics. We know each other’s research methods, dissemination methods, and work capacities and limitations. While this work is important, it is critical that we think outside this academic-box and work with ‘normal people’. It is these ‘normal people’ who provide the petrol that runs the academic machine, and working together is the optimal way to make real world differences, sooner: the goal of CADROSA. 

Today you will meet a fantastic team from our Pacific neighbour, New Zealand, and hear how CADROSA is the mechanism through which we can make a difference in the lives of New Zealand’s adolescents. 

You will also learn more about CADROSA, and more about my efforts in the adolescent road safety space, through social media and video platforms in particular. In a time-poor world, we need to tailor our efforts so that they have the most impact in the shortest time and in the most-appealing manner. In this regard, I am pleased to introduce the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU, Communications Manager, Ms Shannon Attwater. If you would like to prepare a video for your local adolescent drivers, please liaise with Shannon so we can bring this to life via CADROSA.

Finally, you will read about my upcoming travels, which will include promotion of CADROSA and our fantastic activities. If you will be attending any of these events, please do not hesitate to make contact before or during the event – it is always lovely to have a face for a name:)

Kind regards

Bridie, Founder
Don’t forget to mention CADROSA, and your efforts in this space, at every opportunity. Everyone has a role to play in improving adolescent road safety, whether they are an adolescent or the mum of a teen, someone who sells vehicles or motorcycles, or someone who enforces the law. Sometimes we may not realise the impact of our efforts, and working together is the way to make a real difference, on a larger scale, sooner!  
We have updated our website with a video message from Bridie explaining the purpose and goals of CADROSA. Please share this link far and wide to assist in the recruitment of new members across the globe,

Member Profile
Name:  Linda Anderson
Position: Regional Manager, Road Safe Hawkes Bay

For further information visit:
Road Safe Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay Regional Council


Hawkes Bay


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Linda is the Regional Manager of Road Safe Hawkes Bay (RSHB) on the northern island of New Zealand. Road Safe is committed to reducing road fatalities and injuries through a number of endeavours partnering with key stakeholders to make an impact. Linda has a background in Public Health with qualifications in Social Work and Social Services, and Community Development.

CADROSA is excited to collaborate with Linda as the leader of RSHB, and their partners, in an initiative focused on young and novice drivers, drink driving, recidivist drink driving, and the resulting road crash incidents. The project partners include the New Zealand Police (Hawkes Bay Road Policing and Crash Investigators) and the Department of Corrections (Community Probations).

Linda has developed a number of road safety education programmes however found the need to work with groups who had committed drink driving offences with resulting community sentences. RSHB are running the programme with groups sentenced to community service and also in the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison. The road safety education programme focuses on leadership (role models), the safety of all road users (a shared space), influencing others, and reducing re-offending rates. The programme is delivered by RSHB staff and police.

This road safety education programme supports the National Strategies of New Zealand that are working towards reducing and continuing to reduce road trauma. Hawkes Bay has some of the countries highest crash statistics and the partners are working together to address this national concern.

Why did you become a member of CADROSA?
Whilst at the International Road Safety Conference in Brisbane last year my colleague and I went to the presentations by Dr Bridie Scott-Parker and learnt about CADROSA. New Zealand has a high percentage of crashes (with multiple fatalities and serious injury crashes) and many of these involve young and novice drivers. Sadly, also a number of fatalities are their passengers or occupants of other vehicles. When we are looking at the data we compare our crash rates to not only local but also national and international statistics. The information and presentations by Dr Bridie Scott-Parker provided a lot of evidence-based information and tested research which would be highly supportive of what we are doing, and also why. So it was a natural fit to become a member and view the research being produced around the world.

Something others may not know about you?
I have worked in the road safety education field for 9 years and I can say I love my job. Whilst I have been in this role I have received a number of national awards for my contributions to road safety. I also very proudly received a District Commander Award (New Zealand Police Award) which I am very proud of.
Road Safe Hawkes Bay Collaboration: The Team
Liz Schlierike, Road Safety Coordinator, Road Safe Hawkes Bay
Liz has worked for RSHB for approximately six years, in the first instance as the Regional Child Restraint Educator and installation technician. Liz is now the Road Safety Coordinator for Central Hawkes Bay and Wairoa. The key road safety focus for both of these communities is alcohol and drug impaired driving (with a focus on young and novice drivers), speeding, driver distraction, and fatigue. Liz also provides education across the region regarding child restraints through meeting staff from Child Care agencies and other associated groups. The joint project with New Zealand Police and the Department of Corrections fits within the high priority work that RSHB do. Liz delivers the section of the program that focuses on child restraints and the law. Liz also provides follow up services for those who have concerns about their children's restraints or who have infringement notices. The goal is to work towards rectifying this for them.
Senior Constable Andy Clinton, New Zealand Polilce
Senior Constable Clinton's role as a New Zealand Police Officer includes traffic enforcement and as a Crash Investigator. He has been a Police Officer for 17 years. As traffic officers Senior Constable Clinton says they see the effects that crashes have on family, friends, etc. His role in the Road Safety Program is as a presenter on topics such as Safer Journeys Strategy 2020 and how we all play a part in keeping our roads safe. Additionally Senior Constable Clinton presents on graduated driver licensing. As a group, he says, the ultimate goal is to reduce carnage on our roads and the devastating impact this has.
Senior Constable Mark Brinsdon, New Zealand Police
Senior Constable Brinsdon's role in the New Zealand Police is Road Policing and as a crash investigator. He has seen many times the impacts that extend after there has been a serious injury and fatal crash. Senior Constable Brinsdon's role in the road safety education day is as MC and also a presenter. The work that the team does and the focus for New Zealand Police is around prevention and this is what the RSHB programme is designed to do.
CADROSA is proud to share the recent collaboration between Dr Bridie Scott-Parker and Youi Insurance. Road Safety Shorts is a project aimed at all road users to promote safer roads for everyone. Youi has partnered with Dr Bridie to provide road safety tips for 'normal' people. In other words, to bring research to the real world. In line with CADROSA the Shorts are aimed at drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone sharing the road.
Dr Bridie will be at The Fifth International Symposium on Transportation Safety, Tongji University, in Shanghai on the 25-26 September presenting 'Young drivers, novice drivers, and on-road behaviour: Risks, remedies, and results'. Please contact Dr Bridie ( if you would like to meet during the conference.

Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Dr Bridie will also be attending the Australasian Road Safety Conference in Perth in October, sharing research findings relating to a multi-agency high risk young drivers collaboration, and research findings relating to an innovative young driver intervention that targets parents. If you would like to meet with Dr Bridie during the conference, please feel free to email beforehand (, or come to the CADROSA information session which will be advertised at the registration desk.
On the 8th October, also in Perth, Dr Bridie will be hosting a Teen Driver Safety community seminar sharing her knowledge and expertise with the WA community and listening to their experiences. Prior to the community seminar driver trainers are invited to participate in an interactive session regarding the perspectives of the learner driver in learning to drive. Results from the Learning to Drive survey conducted earlier this year will be presented during this session.

Dr Bridie will also be attending the Road Safety and Simulation International Conference in The Netherlands in October, sharing findings relating to the simulator-based young driver intervention that targets parents. If you would like to meet with Dr Bridie during the conference, please feel free to email beforehand (
Dr Bridie is on the Facebook!
Please like the Dr Bridie Facebook page and Twitter page to follow the latest Dr Bridie initiatives in the adolescent road safety space. Connecting with the real world is important to the goals of CADROSA to make a global impact and change the current status of adolescent road safety. Social media is a critical element in connecting with 'normal' people to influence this change.
Shannon Attwater is our Communications Manager for the Adolescent Risk Research Unit. If you have any enquiries regarding our social media please contact Shannon (
CADROSA aims to achieve a global impact which will have the potential to leverage opportunities to secure the necessary funding to make critical changes in adolescent road safety. We are searching for international grants on which we can collaborate. If you are aware of any funding opportunities please do not hesitate to contact us
We recently became aware of the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge which exemplifies the type of funding we are searching for. Critical to the success of such applications is the necessity for government partnerships. If each CADROSA member could form one network with their local government promoting the goals and values of CADROSA this would be a critical achievement in the success of CADROSA. Please share your government network developments with us so we can plan appropriate future endeavours together.
Publication Update
In August of this year, the publication "Footbridge usage in high-traffic flow highways: The intersection of safety and security in pedestrian decision-making", co-authored by Mr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios and Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, was accepted for publication in the journal, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. Here is the abstract, as it appears in ScienceDirect.
In the Decade of Action for Road Safety, the vulnerability of pedestrians to severe outcomes from road crash is well-recognised. This study explored the factors that are influential in pedestrians’ decisions to cross a high-traffic highway in Barranquilla, Colombia, by using a footbridge over the highway, or by cutting across the highway in close proximity to a footbridge. Participants were recruited at each crossing (n = 105 footbridge, n = 105 ground; n = 117 males; M(SD) age = 23.28(5.98) years) and completed a paper survey exploring demographics, highway crossing behaviour, and attitudes regarding the safety and security of the crossing. Despite the majority of participants reporting the ground crossing was dangerous, and that the footbridge crossing was safe, one third of participants never or rarely (approximately 0% and 25% of the time) used the footbridge to cross the highway. Logistic regression revealed that the decision regarding the highway crossing mode (footbridge or ground) was predicted by (a) the frequency in which the footbridge is crossed, (b) the perception of footbridge security in relation to crime, (c) the perception of footbridge safety about traffic conflicts in general, (d) the proximity of the footbridge to the highway ground crossing, and (e) if the subject had experienced an injury during a previous highway crossing. The findings extend our understanding of pedestrian behaviour in crossing highways, not only in relation to the use of footbridges which separate both road user groups, but also ground crossings which place the pedestrians at significant risk especially those in areas with high traffic flow density. Moreover, the findings highlight the complexity involved in improving pedestrian road safety, particularly as the provision of an engineering solution (a footbridge) in close proximity to a high-risk zone (highway) is clearly not the only solution in the much larger road safety system.

CADROSA has validated the BYNDS survey in a further five countries with a paper soon ready for submission for journal peer-review. We are seeking data from other jurisdictions. Please contact if you are keen to participate.
CADROSA has commissioned a graphic designer to create two exhibition banners to promote CADROSA. The templates will be freely accessible for any CADROSA members to use. We apologise for the delay in providing these to you. The designs will be made available in an upcoming newsletter.

Frequently we need to access road safety images, and we may not have something suitable readily available. The CADROSA webpage will feature a section in which images will be shared, and will be categorised according to road safety more generally, driver-specific, passenger-specific, pedestrian-specific, cyclist-specific, and powered two-wheeler-specific images.  Please forward any images which you may wish to share as jpeg files to, and include a brief title explaining the content and the country in which the image was captured in a separate Word document.
Here is an example:
German country road. Photo courtesy of Walter Funk,

We ask that the source of the images be acknowledged by anyone who uses the images.
We welcome feedback on the newsletter. If you would like to feature any research or engagement activities, whether they were undertaken as part of a CADROSA activity or not, feel free to contact us at We would love to hear from you.
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