Discussion Paper – ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020

The ACT Government has released a Discussion Paper on potential measures for the next ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 and has sought community comment by 5pm, Thursday 30 September 2010.

The Discussion Paper proposes increased focus in the following areas to support a move towards the ‘Vision Zero’ philosophy and a more robust application of ‘safe system’ principles:

  • * Engaging with the community on stronger road safety efforts;
  • * Emphasising speed management as a critical component of the safe system approach, with targeted awareness campaigns supported by strong enforcement and targeted engineering measures;
  • * Implementing safe system infrastructure—which could include local area traffic management measures, revised speed zoning, median barriers on undivided roads, and calming treatments at intersections;
  • * Strengthening efforts to encourage best practice in adopting vehicle safety technology;
  • * Developing an educational approach for all road users—with increased investment in strategic awareness campaigns and lifelong learning measures—in an attempt to change the ACT road safety culture;
  • * Supporting this broad educational approach with effective and sustained general enforcement measures;
  • * Implementing stringent controls to remove high end offenders from the road system, for example in relation to speeding and drink driving;
  • * Continuing efforts to obtain strong alignment with key road safety stakeholders on the overall approach to road safety in the ACT;
  • * Strengthening synergies between road safety and sustainability/environmental issues; and
  • * Implementing best practice data and evaluation processes.

A Discussion Paper is also available electronically from the TAMS website at: www.tams.act.gov.au (see tab “Get Involved”).

Written comments can be made either by emailing communityengagement@act.gov.au 
or by mailing comments to:
New Road Safety Strategy
TAMS Community Engagement and Communications
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

The closing date for comments is 5pm, Thursday 30 September 2010.

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