FAQ - Road safety
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Road safety is a priority for the Australian Government and we are committed to improving road safety right around the nation.
The Australian Automobile Association’s National Road Safety Strategy Progress Report highlights the difficulties all jurisdictions face in meeting the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) trauma reduction targets for 2020.
While road crash deaths have increased over the past two years, the 2017 total (1225) represents a 14.1% decrease on the 2008-2010 NRSS baseline and a 5.3% decrease on the 2016 total.
Data comparing the baseline years of 2008-10 to 2016 shows that progress has been made in many areas including the:
- Number of road crashes resulting in death – down 7.3%
- Number of young driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 17-25) – down 19.6%
- Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit – down 36.9%
- Number of occupants killed who were not wearing a restraint – down 27.6%
Sadly the recent increase in road crash deaths may indicate a degree of community complacency over road safety. This is why the Government is determined to make our roads safer for all drivers.
The Australian Government inquiry into improving the NRSS is well underway and will help direct future road safety investment by identifying new ways to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries.
It will also complement the Government’s existing investment and future commitments in road safety through programs including Black Spots ($684.5 million), Roads to Recovery ($4.4 billion), Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity ($328 million) and Bridges Renewal ($420 million).To find out more about the inquiry go to www.roadsafety.gov.au
The Government has also committed $450,000 over three years to the Australian Trauma Registry to better understand the types of injuries and the impact of road crashes on our health system.
Two research projects have also been commissioned into mobile phone distraction and drug driving.
Making our roads safer for all drivers can only happen if everyone plays their part – from governments funding construction of better roads right through to individual driver behaviour.
There is no single solution to reducing road trauma and we must all take responsibility for our actions on our nation's roads as we work towards a safer system.