Safety strat­egy in­quiry be­gins

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“We all need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tions on our na­tion’s roads as we work to­wards a safer sys­tem”

and trans­port min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester has ap­pointed two lead­ing in­dus­try ex­perts to jointly chair the Na­tional Road Safety Strat­egy in­quiry.

Univer­sity of Ade­laide as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor and direc­tor of the Cen­tre for Au­to­mo­tive Safety Re­search Jeremy Wool­ley and Royal Aus­tralasian Col­lege of Sur­geons’ Trauma Com­mit­tee chair John Crozier will co- chair the in­quiry.

Ch­ester says both Wool­ley and Crozier’s knowl­edge and ef­forts will help re­duce road trauma by im­prov­ing the strat­egy.

Part of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be to de­ter­mine fu­ture pri­or­i­ties for mak­ing roads safer.

The in­quiry aims to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ex­ist­ing strat­egy amid fears of over com­pla­cency about road safety, Ch­ester says.

“Aft er decades of re­duc­tions in road trauma, we have ex­pe­ri­enced a spike in sev­eral states in re­cent years and it’s timely to re­view the na­tional strat­egy in part­ner­ship with the state gov­ern­ment and the community.”

The in­quiry will as­sess cur­rent ac­tions and help fi nd new ways to re­duce the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous injuries on the road.

“Build­ing on our un­der­stand­ing of best prac­tice in road safety man­age­ment will as­sist pol­icy mak­ers, in­dus­try and our emer­gency ser­vices to ad­dress the chal­lenges we face, as well as iden­tify where we can work bet­ter to­gether,” Ch­ester says.

“No- one is ex­pect­ing a sin­gle so­lu­tion to re­duc­ing road trauma and we all need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tions on our na­tion’s roads as we work to­wards a safer sys­tem.

The in­quiry is ex­pected to fi nish in early 2018.

Dar­ren Ch­ester

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