IRF Educational Foundation 2008 Essay Competition

Vernier Geneva, Switzerland – The theme for this year’s competition is ROAD SAFETY.

Choose one of the following topics and submit your essay by May 31, 2008

  • TOPIC ONE: Approximately twenty-five percent of fatal crashes with fixed objects occur as a result of collisions with shrubbery and trees. What design policies and maintenance practices should be implemented to reduce this fatal trend?
  • TOPIC TWO: Motorcycle use continues to grow around the world and motorcycle accidents and fatalities continue to rise at an alarming number. How can road authorities modify their road design, education and enforcement procedures to reduce these fatalities?
  • TOPIC THREE: Education and enforcement have been used as deterrents to impaired (drunken and drugged) driving; what engineering measures could be implemented to eliminate or to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by crashes involving impaired drivers?
  • TOPIC FOUR: Safety barriers are needed around the world for basically the same applications. How could a global performance standard be implemented for safety barriers?
  • TOPIC FIVE: Congestion in municipal areas is worse than ever causing safety, productivity, and environmental concerns. What innovative concepts should be considered to alleviate congestion in municipalities?

Official Rules

  • 1. Essay is limited to one of the proposed topics and must be typewritten in the English language. Essay should not be bound and must be submitted in hard copy as well as electronically;
  • 2. Essay must be a maximum of 2000 words;
  • 3. References to actual accidents or other incidents should include documentation verifying the accident;
  • 4. Contest is only open to full time students enrolled in accredited undergraduate or graduate transportation curriculum at IRF Member Universities or Research Institutes;
  • 5. Employees of the International Road Federation and their families are not eligible to enter the contest;
  • 6. Essay must be submitted no later than May 31, 2008. The International Road Federation is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected submittals;
  • 7. Essay must be submitted by the sponsoring professor;
  • 8. All entries must include the name, address, e-mail address and telephone numbers of the student and the sponsoring professor.

First Prize US$ 3,000 Plus US$ 1,000 to sponsoring professor 3 Additional Finalist Prizes US$ 1,000

  • Four winning essays will be chosen by August 31, 2008. The entries will be judged based on content, clarity, style and creativity. Winners will be notified by September 15, 2008;
  • All entries will become the property of the International Road Federation. Acceptance of any award constitutes consent to use the winner’s name, photo and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes;
  • This contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. All decisions made by the International Road Federation are final;
  • Contestant, by entering the contest, agrees to be bound by the contest rules.



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