26 September 2023

New road safety plan to cut deaths in half

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The Centre for Road Safety has launched a plan to halve the number of deaths on NSW roads by 2030 by introducing a series of new road safety initiatives.

Welcoming the 2026 Road Safety Action Plan, Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Natalie Ward said the Centre’s Plan also aimed to reduced serious injuries by 30 per cent.

“One death is a death too many and we want to create the safest road system we can, so that everyone using the road returns home safely to their families,” Mrs Ward said.

“Two hundred and seventy people were killed on NSW roads last year, our lowest road toll since 1923, but this number is still too high,” she said.

“Under the previous 2021 Road Safety Plan, NSW achieved its target of a 30 per cent reduction in road deaths in the past decade.”

Mrs Ward said that while this was a heartening result, it was vital to continue the trend – with the ultimate aim being no deaths on NSW roads.

She said important initiatives in the 2026 Action Plan included a new online Learner Licence Education and Testing Platform; a trial vehicle safety program to increase the use of safer vehicles among younger and disadvantaged drivers; a technology trial on heavy vehicles and buses to improve detection of pedestrians and cyclists; the use of existing mobile phone detection cameras to spot drivers who weren’t wearing a seatbelt; and an updated strategy for drug and alcohol testing of drivers.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway said rural and regional NSW would continue to be a key focus under the Plan.

“People living in regional NSW typically spend more time on the road, driving further, and at higher speeds where safety infrastructure can make a life-saving difference,” Mr Farraway said.

The Centre’s 38–page Action Plan can be accessed at this PS News link.

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