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Ripple Effect V2

Ripple Effect V2

The Ripple Effect V2, released in 2017, tells the story of Mackay resident 17-year-old Tim whose 4WD collided with a tree, splitting in two, when he was driving whilst affected by alcohol.  Miraculously he survived. The Ripple Effect tells of Tim’s decisions and includes interviews with his father, the magistrate who presided over Tim’s case and the investigating police officer.

Funding for production of Ripple Effect V2 was provided by TMR Community Road Safety Grant Funding.  RAAG’s decision to revisit Ripple Effect (after V1) was a result of community requests and justice department authority enquiries.

The Ripple Effect V2 was a finalist in the 2018 Australian Road Safety Awards. 


Ripple Effect

The original Ripple Effect DVD was produced by the Road Accident Action Group and Channel 7 Mackay production with the full cooperation of the families involved.

Ripple Effect was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in the Community Category of the 2008 Queensland Road Safety Awards.

It’s confronting, showing the flow-on effect on families, emergency service workers, the community and everyone involved in an injury or fatality crash situation.  The honesty by those responsible for the crashes when talking about the incidents leaves the viewer with strong memories.

The DVD was distributed by Q.F.R.S as part of the RAAP program to year 12 students.  Numerous companies have utilised the Ripple Effect in tool box talks for apprentices.  Sporting clubs, training organisations and mining companies have all used the 17-minute Ripple Effect DVD when educating road safety.

Over the years, the Ripple Effect has been viewed by thousands.  In August 2014, a resolution was made by RAAG executive to phase out the use of the Ripple Effect (V1) DVD, and commence planning a replacement, “Ripple Effect V2″.

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Round Up Newsletter

Published four times each calendar year, the RAAG Round Up contains local, state and national road safety news along with driving tips and community news.  Our readers have communicated that Round Up’s content is informative and useful.

Read the latest edition or pursue archived copies.

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Funding Opportunity

RAAG is seeking to secure funding to employ a consultant who will develop a comprehensive research study in the Mackay region determining behaviours and attitudes toward distractions.

One aim of this proposed comprehensive study is to embark on targeted promotional campaigns educating drivers and motivating them around the issue of distractions.

How is using a mobile phone while driving dangerous? Using a mobile phone while driving is distracting in the following ways:

  • Physical distraction – the driver’s hand is moved from the steering wheel
  • Visual distraction – the driver’s eyes are diverted from the road
  • Cognitive distraction – talking on a phone while driving causes lapses in concentration, attention and judgement as the driver’s attention is divided between the driving task and conversation.

If you or your business can assist RAAG financially or in kind with this proposed distraction project to reduce incidence of distracted driving, please contact RAAG Chairman Noel Lang for a confidential discussion.

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