Safety expert lectures Congress on incentives - (10/13)
â€œSafety messages alter peopleâ€™s risk perceptions and motivate them to perform safer behaviors,â€ said Atkin. â€œWe do research showing how campaigns help improve peopleâ€™s lives, but that research is only useful when policy makers are aware of it. Briefings like this are important because it connects policymakers and researchers.â€
Atkin told the congressmen that solid academic research needs to be behind any safety campaign to be effective. Safety campaigns need to involve strategies, research and use multiple channels, said Atkin, adding that campaigns need to target friends and family that influence an individualâ€™s behavior. He also said that campaigns need to focus on incentives that are likely to happen from safe behavior, such as focusing on the benefits of living, rather than sending messages of possible death.