The State Government has released a discussion paper ‘Towards Zero – Getting There Together’ as part of the development of Western Australia’s next road safety strategy.
The discussion paper, prepared by the Office of Road Safety, has been developed from the evidence-based modelling approach of the Monash University Accident Research Centre, and provides a scientific basis for its recommendations.
Community Safety Minister John Kobelke said the next Road Safety strategy would be based on extensive community feedback and expert analysis to determine the best way to reduce WA’s road toll and improve road safety.
“The discussion paper raises a number of options for the community to consider,” Mr Kobelke said.
“The implementation of any of these options must be balanced with the need for an efficient transport system, and the safety of all road users.
“There is not a single solution to road safety, and strategies in the metropolitan areas will not necessarily work in the regions.
“The discussion paper advocates a safe systems approach to road safety and the final outcomes of the consultation will enable Government to make changes and put in the money where it will truly make a difference.”
The discussion paper is part of the widest community and parliamentary consultation on road safety ever to be undertaken in determining road safety in WA.
“The Carpenter Government remains focussed on doing all that it can to improve road safety and I appreciate the bipartisan parliamentary support that has been expressed towards development of the next strategy,” Mr Kobelke said.
“Despite our best efforts thus far, we continue to be faced with a rising road toll and for some people our safety messages are just not getting through.
“One fact that remains unchanged - road trauma in all its forms is a tragic waste and all that can be done, must be done to stop it.”
The results of the consultation will be reported back to the Road Safety Council, which will again seek the views of the Parliamentary Road Safety Reference Group in early 2008, prior to the finalisation of the strategy.
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