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Welcome to the fourth CADROSA newsletter, and the second CADROSA newsletter for 2017.  Consistent with the news that I shared with everyone in the January newsletter, the death and injury toll from car crashes persists, and in Australia alarmingly it is again growing after many years of effective intervention. 
In Australia, the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) is the region’s peak membership association for road safety professionals, advocates, and members of the public who are focused on saving lives and preventing serious injuries on the road. I am proud to be a member of such an organisation, and particularly during the month of March.
You may ask why in March specifically? My answer is simple: Because the ACRS submitted a comprehensive and cogent proposal to our Federal Parliamentarians regarding the current state of road safety in Australia, and a suite of recommendations regarding efforts that need to be made to reduce road trauma. Importantly this proposal included reference to the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), 2011-2020, which is a summary of the goals, objectives and action priorities for state, territory and federal governments as they work towards reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on Australian roads.

Important excerpts from this report include:
  • Road trauma is one of the biggest public health issues we face as a nation today. Federal government estimates put the annual socio-economic cost of road trauma to our economy at $27b in 2010 ($32b+ in today’s dollars). (p. 6)

Clearly CADROSA’s efforts are needed now more than ever, and I thank every one of you for your road safety efforts on a local, national, and international scale.

In this month’s newsletter, meet a CADROSA team from Lithuania. I have had the delight of chatting with Dr Laura Šeibokaitė both in Europe and Australia, and I am so pleased that not only she has joined CADROSA, but indeed her whole team has joined CADROSA! Yay team Lithuania!

Again, I hope you have had a chance to view the various resources on the site. If you have any feedback regarding the Plain English Summaries in particular, please share them with us. In my experience in Australia, these Summaries are very popular, particularly for ‘normal’ people who are not so interested in trying to decipher lots of statistics! Remember, we can explore whether Plain English Summaries of your own peer-reviewed publications are suitable to feature on the CADROSA website. Every little step on the path to improved road safety for adolescents makes a difference.  

Finally, remember that we are always seeking partners in motorised countries around the world to further our understanding of adolescent road risk, so that we can successfully intervene and prevent crashes on the global stage. Therefore we encourage you to distribute this newsletter throughout your network.

Kind regards

Bridie, Founder

Please promote CADROSA through your road safety networks.  In my own case, I have partners in police, government licensing, professional driver trainers, school teachers and policy-makers, in addition to academic researchers.  Everyone has a role to play in keeping our adolescents safe on the road.
Member Profile

Vytautas Magnus University
Traffic Psychology Research Team, Department of Psychology,
Vytautas Magnus University,
Kaunas, Lithuania.
Name:  Auksė Endriulaitienė
Position:  Professor, Head of the Traffic Psychology Research Team, Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University

Name:  Laura Šeibokaitė
Position: Associate Professor, Member of the Traffic Psychology Research Team, Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University

Name:  Rasa Markšaitytė
Position:  Lecturer, Member of the Traffic Psychology Research Team, Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University
Name:  Kristina Žardeckaitė-Matulaitienė
Position:  Associate Professor, Member of the Traffic Psychology Research Team, Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University

Name:  Justina Slavinskienė
Position:  PhD student, Member of the Traffic Psychology Research Team, Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University

Jonavos st. 66-328
Kaunas, 44191
Our team is seeking to analyze the phenomena of risky driving behavior, especially targeting various psychological correlates of risky behaviour on the road. Since 2007, we have been studying risky driving of various groups of drivers (e.g. young, older, professional, or pre-drivers) using self-report measures and simulated driving devices. Most of our research is dedicated to psychological correlates of risky driving of young drivers. Recently our focus in the traffic psychology research field has been targeted at traffic offenders and novice drivers. We also have experience in international cooperation specifically in the area of traffic safety climate and hazard perception. 

Why did we become members of CADROSA?
As a group of researchers interested in psychological factors of risky driving, we are honoured to become members of CADROSA. We share the idea that joint international research, marketing, and dissemination efforts can have a greater societal impact. Following the inspiring invitation of Dr. Scott-Parker, we joined the cross-cultural validation of the Behaviour of Young Novice Drivers (BYNDS) study. Data collection in Lithuania has already started and we are looking forward to announcing initial results and comparing them across countries.

Something others may not know about us?
Traffic psychology unites us both in science and in life. Even though we each have different research and teaching activities at our university, working within 5 meters distance from each other, 5 days a week, makes us the strong team that we are. Most of us have known each other for 20 years (which seems like all our lives), so we know the strongest parts of our personalities well and we are able to achieve a great deal of work, quickly.

For further information visit:
Vytautas Magnus University
Shared images:

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:

Photo courtesy of Bridie Scott-Parker,

We ask that the source of the images be acknowledged by anyone who uses the images.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker will be attending the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne in the first week of April. She will be sharing findings from a longitudinal study investigating the sleep knowledge, experiences, and behaviours – including driving while sleepy – of students studying in Year 11 at two high schools. If you would like to learn more about these findings, or you would like to run a similar study, please contact Ms Leigh Wilks at in the first instance.

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Submissions of content are to be received by the end of the preceding month so that it can be incorporated within the next newsletter.

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