Safety strategy inquiry begins
“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.