The Future of Road SafetyJune 19, 2019
The Road Safety Council released the Imagine Zero Consultation Paper this month for community feedback.
Among many safety suggestions, the suggestion creating the most controversy is one where speed limits on some urban roads would drop by 10km/h. Freeways and major highways would remain as they are, however smaller and residential roads, currently 50km/h, would instead be 40km/h areas.
The paper notes that speed was a contributing factor in 18 per cent of the fatalities or serious injuries over the last decade. While the number of deaths on WA roads is steadily reducing, every single death is an avoidable tragedy.
Consider the impact of road trauma on your family and your friends. What changes are you prepared to support to help make our roads safe? Why not this one?
Injury Matters supports every effort suggested in this paper to reduce road trauma and injury in WA.
Speed remains in the top four behavioural factors WA in road crashes. If dropping just 10km in some areas saved 159 lives, the number of people who died on our roads in 2018, wouldn’t a few extra minutes in the car be worth it?
We think so.
The Road Safety Commission wants your perspective on road safety before it drafts a new strategy for the State Government to consider. This community consultation is your opportunity to make a difference.
You can have your say by:
- taking part in community forums;
- completing the Consultation Feedback Form;
- completing the consultation feedback map and more.
Please read the Consultation Paper, watch the Safe System explanation, and have your say at www.imaginezero.rsc.wa.gov.au
If you or someone you know has been affected by a road crash, contact Road Trauma Support WA information and support on 1300 004 814 or www.rtswa.org.au