Dr Nerida Leal
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
Nerida graduated from the University of Queensland in 2002 with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).
After developing the research and evaluation component of an in-school protective behaviours program, Nerida joined CARRS-Q in September 2003 as a Research Assistant. Nerida was involved in a number of projects at CARRS-Q, including
- the Queensland Regional Drug and Alcohol Consumption Profiles
- the Rural and Remote Road Safety Research Project
- the North Queensland Random Roadside Drug Testing Project
- the Queensland Transport Impaired Driving Legislation Review.
Nerida commenced a PhD investigating street racing and associated (hooning) behaviour in March 2006.
The road safety implications of street racing and associated (hooning) behaviours
To inform policy development in this area, this program of research involving three complementary studies aims to address the following key research questions:
- What are the road safety implications of street racing and associated behaviours, in terms of the behaviour/s per se, and the drivers who engage in the behaviour?
- Are these drivers a homogeneous group?
- How effective are current traffic law enforcement approaches to dealing with the problem?
To address these questions, and to evaluate Queensland’s “anti-hooning” legislation (Police Powers and Responsibilities and Another Act Amendment Act 2002) official datasets will be analysed, focus groups will be conducted with drivers, questionnaires will be administered to drivers, and in-depth interviews will be conducted with police.