Fix­ing roads will save lives


FIND­ING a way to fast-track de­ploy­ment and up­take of proven ve­hi­cle safety tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion was one of 12 key rec­om­men­da­tions in a new in­de­pen­dent re­port of the Na­tional Road Safety Strat­egy.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Michael Mc­Cor­mack ac­cepted the find­ings dur­ing an event at Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra in­volv­ing key in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and of­fi­cials.

Big Rigs read­ers thought the govern­ment was look­ing in the wrong place.

Ken Worth said it wasn’t the tech­nol­ogy that would fix the is­sues, proper rest ar­eas and fa­cil­i­ties would.

“Hold­ing the trans­port ma­jors and DCs to ac­count for the role they play in driver fa­tigue and stress,” he said.

“Cor­rect­ing the stupid lines in the sand that cor­rode com­mon­sense and pay­ing peo­ple what they’re worth. That’s a good start and it’ll save more than one (life).”

Bren­dan Ma­her agreed with fix­ing the in­fra­struc­ture.

“The govern­ment is com­mit­ted to sav­ing lives un­less it costs them money. Start fix­ing the roads, fix the drop off on shoul­ders, that would save more lives than all this crap.”

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