2015 Decade of Action Road Safety Awards

TAC thanks the following Partner of the 2015 Decade of Action Road Safety Awards


The 2015 Decade of Action Road Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions or achievements in one or more of the five pillar areas of the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety:

  1. Road Safety Management
  2. Safer Roads and Mobility
  3. Safer Vehicles
  4. Safer Road Users
  5. Post-crash Response

Annual awards recognize annual contributions, but the 2015 Decade of Action awards recognize Canadian road safety contributions that stand out as being forward-thinking and/or providing leadership in one or more of the five pillar areas of the United Nations Decade of Action (more information available at (www.decadeofaction.org). There will be five awards but they are not directly linked to the five pillars. For example, two awards may be given towards one pillar and none towards another, or an award may be given towards work that crossed the boundaries of several pillars.

The awards are open to both individuals and organizations. The type of organization is not restricted – it may be a government, non-profit, business, educational, or other organization. Nominations for each award should clearly articulate how the contributor is bringing about change for road safety in Canada in one or more of the 5 pillar areas. 

Subject Area and Award Eligibility

Nominees may work in any sub-field of road safety, including but not limited to infrastructure engineering, vehicle design, road user behaviour, the regulatory environment, or statistical analysis.  Nominations for work completed since the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety began in 2011 will be given preference, but work showing leadership in these areas before the launch of the decade of action may also be considered. Some examples of work in the five pillars are given below, but the lists are not exhaustive and work may cross the boundaries of more than one pillar.

Pillar 1: Road Safety Management

Work in this pillar may involve in the development of regional road safety plans, creation of multi-sectoral partnerships to develop and lead the delivery of road safety strategies, plans and targets, and innovations in data collection and evidence-based research to assess countermeasure design and monitor implementation and effectiveness.

Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility

Work in this pillar may involve contributions towards making roadways safer and more accessible for all road user types, including vulnerable road users, by promoting the needs of all road users as part of sustainable urban planning, transport demand management and land-use management; promoting safe operation, maintenance and improvement of existing road infrastructure; or promoting the development of safe new infrastructure that meets the mobility and access needs of all users.

Pillar 3: Safer Vehicles

Work in this pillar may involve contributions to the physical or technological advancement of vehicles to positively impact safety of the vehicle occupant and/or vehicle interaction with the road environment and other road users, and includes work in the regulatory domain.

Pillar 4: Safer Road Users

Work in this pillar may involve contributions to improving road user attitudes and or behaviours towards traffic safety, which may include educational or awareness initiatives or changes to enforcement legislation or standards.

Pillar 5: Post-crash Response

Work in this pillar may involved contributions to improve responsiveness to post-crash emergencies response methods and ability of health and other systems to provide appropriate emergency treatment and longer term rehabilitation for collision victims.  Nominees may also include health care professionals, those involved in post-collision communications, or emergency response agencies.

If a recent contribution is innovative and has a significant quantified realized or anticipated road safety benefit, it may also be eligible for the annual TAC Road Safety Engineering Award.

Nomination Requirements

A nomination may be made by submitting a Project Abstract Form by December 19, 2014. Neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be a TAC member.

This abstract is the first step of the two-step submission process. The abstract should demonstrate how the full submission would address 2015 Decade of Action Road Safety Award evaluation criteria as outlined below.

If the nominee’s abstract is approved, the nominating individual will be contacted by January 15 and invited to make a full submission to TAC. The full submission must be received prior to 15:00 Eastern Standard Time on February 26, 2015.

The full submission should be no longer than ten (10) pages of text on 8.5" x 11" sheets with size 12 font. Supporting documents such as photos and diagrams are not to be included in the ten-page limit and could be attached as an appendix. 

Submissions should:

  • indicate pillar or pillars the nomination focuses on (road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, post-crash response)
  • outline the contribution or series of contributions made to the field of road safety;
  • describe how the contribution(s) demonstrated innovation;
  • describe the impact of the contribution(s) in terms of national or international dissemination and adoption, AND/OR in terms of realized road safety improvements, and/or in terms of life-altering societal-level impacts.

Your February 26 full submission (if abstract is accepted) must consist of an electronic file in PDF format. The full submission, with appendices if applicable, should be e-mailed to:

Luay Mustafa

Project Manager, Technical Programs
E-mail: lmustafa@tac-atc.ca

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

A selection committee appointed by TAC's Road Safety Standing Committee (RSSC) evaluates all submissions and makes recommendations to TAC's Chief Engineers' Council regarding the award. Final approval is provided by the Council.The RSSC will invite other organizations with expertise across the pillar areas to participate in the selection committee.

Nominations will be judged according to the two criteria described below. Submissions that clearly demonstrate that a contribution succeeds under each criterion will receive top marks.

1) Degree of Impact (70 Points)

Impact should be described carefully. Evidence-based approaches where the degree of impact is supported by measurement, monitoring, evaluation, rigorous research, or theory will score significantly better than broad, postulated, and unsubstantiated statements of impact. The types of impacts are broad given the five pillars, but the requirement for evidence-based approaches spans across all pillars.

2) Degree of Innovation (30 Points)

Innovation in this case is national in scope and should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens. The degree of innovation shown in the contribution will be used as the basis for assessment. This may apply to anything from innovative technological advancements, innovative processes, innovative public consultation, innovative financing and project delivery, innovative engineering design practices or standards, or innovative leadership in collaboration.

Deadlines for the Decade of Action Road Safety Engineering Award

  • Abstracts to be submitted to TAC: December 19
  • Review Panel to complete screening of abstracts: January 13
  • Screening results to be communicated to nominees: January 15
  • Full submissions to be delivered to TAC: February 26 (prior to 15:00 EST)
  • Selected nominees to be invited to present at the 2015 TAC Conference & Exhibition Award Nominations Sessions: May 2015
  • Results to be communicated to nominees: June 27

Award Presentation

The awards will be presented at the TAC Conference. Award winners and other nominees may be asked to present during a special session at the conference to highlight the awards.

TAC thanks the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, and Transport Canada for their support.