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We are incorporated!
I am thrilled to share this exciting news with my CADROSA colleagues! While we have achieved many milestones through our voluntary efforts and our unwavering objective to prevent injury and harm for our most vulnerable road users, incorporation means that we will be able to seek funds to support our partners in their efforts around the world. Additionally, CADROSA will soon register as a charity, which means that we can accept donations to support our efforts. So let’s start thinking ‘big’ as to where and how we can source funds to sustain the momentum that CADROSA is achieving on a global scale.

A brief update regarding our videos: We have recorded and are currently editing the ‘What can you do to help?’ video for the website, so keep watch for this helpful clip. We shall soon post the brief videos summarising each newsletter also, so watch for Natalie’s email.

A brief update regarding our International Internship: We accepted two applicants in the current round, and pleasingly one of our interns has already secured a scholarship to complete his PhD! We wish Danial all the best in his studies, and we look forward to working with him as he completes the internship throughout his doctoral studies. This means we currently have a vacancy in this innovative program, so if you think this might suit you, please follow the directions to apply.

I am delighted to introduce my colleague Dr Fatima Periera da Silva in our newsletter which has, as usual, some very interesting content. I must apologise for the delay in sending it to you, but the delay was deliberate! CADROSA Research Officer Natalie and I attended and presented our latest findings at the premier Australasian Road Safety Conference in Sydney last week. This newsletter contains posters summarising three projects relevant for all jurisdictions – not just Queensland – as well as the front page of the four presentations we provided.

Happy reading, and kind regards,
Bridie, Founder and Consortium Leader
CADROSA is 'Incorporated'
Last month CADROSA was officially incorporated. CADROSA is now a legal entity and in as such the values and purpose of CADROSA are protected. There are many benefits for being incorporated. Importantly, the incorporation will provide CADROSA with broader opportunities to apply for grants and receive funding.

A set of rules has been elected by the management committee and a copy of these rules can be requested at any time. CADROSA members are now legally separate, meaning incorporation provides protection to the management committee and members from personal liability for their actions. It is a requirement that all members agree to their membership of the new CADROSA 'Incorporated'. An email will be sent to all members requesting continued membership. If a response is not received within 30 days we will automatically continue your membership. The overarching requirement of membership is your support of the purpose of CADROSA as an individual or organisation.

CADROSA charitable purpose and objects:
To advance the social well-being, health, and safety of adolescents with regards to road safety. To contribute to improvements in adolescent road crash fatalities and serious injuries by:
  • Collaborating with international members to ensure research and best-practice is of the highest standard,
  • Conducting research and disseminating findings which positively impact adolescent road safety,
  • Working with government and industry to ensure the interests of adolescent road safety are represented in regards to the public decision-making process, and
  • Providing a global forum for all persons and organisations engaged in adolescent road safety to discuss best practice and influence the current status of road trauma for adolescents.
Member Profile

Name: Maria de Fatima Pereira da Silva
EU Public Relations Officer for CADROSA - Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal

Fatima's main role as Public Relations Officer in the EU is to expand the mission, vision, and aim of CADROSA in order to create a global cooperation network. Fatima's goals are to publicise and promote CADROSA within her networks and to inform others about the projects and events being carried out. Fatima will also collaborate with international projects and relay new ideas and strategies for CADROSA. 

Fatima has a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Psychology, with a focus on Pedagogy in the area of education and training. She has specialised in Public Management for Road Safety and  has developed rehabilitation measures for driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol. With more than 20 years experience in psychological assessment of drivers, Fatima has also researched risk factors for young drivers, driver training and fitness to drive, new technologies for vehicles and the association with drug/alcohol use while driving.

Fatima is associated with numerous networks where she will disseminate visions and aims for CADROSA, these include:
European Workplace Drugs Testing Society -
German Society for Traffic Psychology -
Traffic Psychology International -
International Co-operation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety -
Polish Social Gerontolology Journal -
The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety -
Union of Exporters of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries -
Queensland Road Safety Week
August 27-31 was Queensland Road Safety Week. This was just one opportunity for each Queenslander to speak up for road safety, and there were a wealth of activities every day throughout our state. As Leader of the Adolescent Risk Research Unit, I was delighted for our team to partner with Queensland Police for a free community forum in which a number of presentations were tailored to suit our senior drivers. Presentations included a road rules update, a discussion around vehicle modifications and alternatives to driving. My presentation was a conversation around minimising hazards, and I closed the session with a tutorial in which I taught the audience to vomit!!!! I can share what this means, and why, in a future newsletter! I also spent some time visiting with bus drivers who ferry our little ones to and from school each day. Constable Clancy came along to some of these visits, and we were so pleased to experience some great engagement with our bus driver friends!

Recent Trips
Dr Bridie was in Changsha, China, in September, encouraging international collaboration in road safety, and promoting our remarkable experiences in CADROSA at the 1st International Symposium on Accident, Analysis and Prevention. This visit was followed by a visit to Shanghai, China, during which she introduced students at Tongji University to factors contributing to young driver car crashes, and how the SAFER (Situation Awareness Fast-tracking including identifying Escape Routes) program is making a real difference in our Queensland pilot program.

Dr Bridie and Changyan in China

Australasian Road Safety Conference
Just last week Dr Bridie and Natalie Watson-Brown attended the Australasian Road Safety Conference in Sydney, the largest road safety-dedicated conference in the Southern Hemisphere. We spent three days at the beautiful Sydney International Convention Centre complex where the regions' outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry members'  presented on the plethora of road safety issues.

Dr Bridie presented these three posters:

Four presentations from CADROSA members were showcased.

Dr Bridie presented:

and Natalie Watson-Brown presented:

Dr Bridie on behalf of Natalie Watson-Brown and our team from Lithuania:

Please contact us at if you would like further details regarding any of these presentations.
Dr Bridie and Natalie will be attending the Australian Driver Trainers Association annual conference at the Gold Coast, Queensland, in November. Thank you to Mr Mick Humphries for this kind invitation, and we look forward to meeting many colleagues at this critical event for driving instructors in Queensland and New South Wales.

In December the Adolescent Risk Research Unit will host our annual free community seminar,

Unfortunately Dr Bridie is unable to attend the SAFETY conference in Bangkok in November.
During her travels, Dr Bridie is very pleased to meet with CADROSA members and others interested in improving road safety not only for our adolescents, but also for our children and for our experienced road users. If you would like to arrange a meeting during any of these visits, please email
Global Licensing Laws:

CADROSA is putting together a useful resource summarising current licensing laws for all countries across the globe. As an example we will soon be publishing such information for countries in the BYNDS validation - Five country paper.

We kindly ask for your assistance in this process by forwarding the following details to (Click here to download an easy-to-complete table).

Australian Licensing Requirements and Restrictions for Learners and Provisional Drivers (2018) (Click here to open).
Social Media

Last month was Seniors Week from the 18-26th of August, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of older people. Dr Bridie hosted a Road Safety Week Forum for Seniors to support safe driving and staying mobile. The event also encouraged seniors about safety awareness and road rules. 
Brigette Shelswell is our Communications Officer, regularly updating Dr Bridie's social media platforms with photos and stories about current research projects. (Click here for Dr Bridie's Facebook page).

For any inquiries or photos for Dr Bridie's social media pages, do not hesitate to get into contact with Brigette.
Just a reminder:
Frequently we need to access road safety images, and we may not have something suitable readily available. The CADROSA webpage features a section in which images are shared, and categorised as, driver-specific, passenger-specific, pedestrian-specific, cyclist-specific, and powered two-wheeler-specific images, of course some photos may meet more than one of these catagories.  Please forward any images you may wish to share as jpeg files to
Here is an example. We ask that the source of the images be acknowledged by anyone who uses the images.

Tunnels in New South Wales, Australia. Photo courtesy of Dr Bridie Scott-Parker,
We welcome feedback on the newsletter. If you would like to feature any research, publications, 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.
Submission Deadline
The CADROSA newsletters will be issued every two months (September, November, January, March, May, July).  If you would like to submit content for the next newsletter please forward to

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

Newsletters will be archived on the CADROSA website.
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