Accident research body scores funding boost

Queensland Government to inject $7.25 million into the Centre of Accident Research and Road Safety to curb state's road toll

December 6, 2011

The Centre of Accident Research and Road Safety in Queensland will receive a significant funding boost as part of government efforts to curb the state’s road toll.

The government’s Motor Accident Insurance Commission has signed off on a $7.25 million cash injection over three years for CARRS-Q, with the funds to be directed at research, education and outreach activities.

Finance and Arts Minister Rachel Nolan says the investment in accident research and road safety is necessary to prevent injuries and reduce the road toll.

"Given that most crashes can be attributed to driver error, the significance of CARRS-Q and its research program cannot be overestimated," she says.

Nolan says the program focuses on vulnerable road users, illegal and high-risk behaviours, injury prevention and occupational road safety.

She says the centre’s research and advice contributed to the introduction of random roadside drug testing 2007 and the implementation of alcohol ignition interlocks for repeat drink drivers in 2010.

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