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31 March 2011 | PR 11/37

Child safety experts in appeal for help with online survey

Experts at Loughborough University are appealing for help with a project designed to improve safety for children travelling in cars.

Academics at the University’s Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) are asking parents and carers who ferry children around by car to complete an online survey.

The anonymous survey will contribute to CASPER (Child Advanced Safety Project for European Roads), a Europe-wide project to develop better child restraints.

It asks drivers about their experiences with child car seats and seat belts.

Researcher Alan Kirk said: “The CASPER project aims to reduce fatalities and injuries of children when travelling in cars. The online survey will help us ensure that the research we carry out is as relevant to the real world as possible.

“If you drive with a child or children below the age of 12, the team at Loughborough would really appreciate it if you could take part in the survey and pass it on to friends and family.

“Some demographic questions are asked but the survey is anonymous and cannot be linked back to the person filling it in.’’

The online survey can be found at: www.casper-project.eu/news/casper-starts-an-internet-survey

The TSRC carries out world-leading research into all aspects of road and vehicle safety and road user behaviour.

The centre’s 15-strong team of academics bases its research on real-world accident studies, naturalistic studies of driver behaviour and statistical analysis of accident, health and mobility data.  In 2007, The Centre was recognised by the award to the University of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Its findings are used by governments to improve road safety policies and by industry to improve transport products and services.

Previously called the Vehicle Safety Research Centre, the TSRC was renamed in 2010 to reflect the greater diversity of its research in the field of traffic safety and transport technologies.  It is part of the Loughborough Design School.

Further information on the CASPER project can be found at www.casper-project.eu 


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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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