26 September 2023

Road safety plan to put brake on fatalities

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The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT), has invited South Australians to have their say on a new 10-year road safety strategy aiming to halve the number of lives lost on the State’s roads.

DIT said the South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031 (Consultation Draft, July 2021) proposed a 10-year target to reduce road tragedies and aimed for a drop from the current three-year average of 96 per year to less than 47 per year by 2031.

Minister for Road Safety, Vincent Tarzia said the Draft Strategy also set a target to reduce serious injuries on roads by 30 per cent by 2031 – a reduction from 708 to fewer than 515 on average.

“Your opinions, views and input will save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads,” Mr Tarzia said.

“I cannot be any clearer – we need all South Australians to help make our roads safer,” he said.

The Minister said the draft Strategy would focus on: Supporting and enforcing safer road behaviour; Increasing the use and purchase of safer vehicles in South Australia; Safer design, construction and maintenance of road infrastructure; Reducing the number of lives lost and serious injuries on regional and remote roads; Developing a culture of road safety in South Australian workplaces; and Reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in road crashes and road users aged 70 and older.

He said it would also: Improve safety for people who walked and rode as well as young people living in regional or remote areas by reducing their over-representation in road crashes.

Mr Tarzia said the community consultation period was open until 1 September.

The Department’s 69-page Consultation Draft can be accessed at this PS News link and feedback can be submitted via a survey at this link.

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