The Canterbury Road Trauma Awards were founded in 2017. They are dedicated to acknowledge industry professionals who have found themselves under extreme pressure and trying circumstances, saved lives or minimised trauma; extraordinary members of the public who have found themselves at the scene of a road accident, having to do extraordinary things and those that have also worked tirelessly to prevent more tragedy on our roads.
There are three Award categories; Canterbury Road Trauma Award for Public Service, Canterbury Road Trauma Prevention Award and Canterbury Road Trauma Award for Community Service.
The Canterbury Road Trauma Award for Public Service and Canterbury Road Trauma Award for Community Service are industry specific and recognise those in the community who may otherwise not be acknowledged. They are for ordinary people doing exceptional work, day in, day out, across Canterbury.
The Canterbury Road Trauma Prevention Award is open to industry professionals and is endorsed by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
CANTERBURY ROAD TRAUMA AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
The Canterbury Road Trauma Award for Public Service recognises outstanding individuals, teams or organisations deserving of special recognition for their outstanding public service by their contribution or commitment to a duty of care for those affected by road trauma.
This award is open to first responders and industry professionals from non-profit organisations, private and public organisations that are involved in road trauma care and recovery.
Nominations can be for long-term dedication and achievement, or a single outstanding accomplishment or contribution above and beyond expectations.
CANTERBURY ROAD TRAUMA PREVENTION AWARD
The Canterbury Road Trauma Prevention Award recognises outstanding individuals, teams or professional organisations deserving of special recognition for their contribution to road safety, public education, road trauma prevention initiatives, and a professional duty of care in Canterbury. This may include initiatives across all modes of land transport and may include engineering and technology, network optimisation, and demand management.
This award is open to industry professionals from non-profit private and public organisations that are involved in preventing the likelihood or severity of road trauma.
CANTERBURY ROAD TRAUMA AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Canterbury Road Trauma Award for Community Service recognises members of the community who have provided outstanding care or support to a road trauma victim by making an influential difference to their treatment, recovery or rehabilitation.
This award is open to members of the general public who do not meet the criteria for the Public Service Award.
Award recipients are announced at each annual Road Accident Remembrance Day.