On 10 April 2015, the Queensland Government held its first Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-2021 Forum.
The latest Forum informed the development of the Queensland Road Safety Action Plan 2020-21. Forum participants include members of the community, representatives from key industry and community organisations, research institutions (including CARRS-Q), government agencies and peak bodies representing road user groups – visit the Queensland Government’s Queensland Road Safety Forums webpage for further information.
Based on Safe System principles, the main vision of this strategy is to adopt a long-term vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries. The whole system must be safe at every level of road safety management, and solutions need to be developed based on evidence and innovation. The Queensland Government and the Australian state and federal governments have agreed to a vision of zero road deaths in Australia by 2050.
The Safe System approach recognises it is probably not possible to prevent all crashes but aims to prevent those that result in death and serious injury through the implementation of road related, vehicle related and speed related solutions. View the Road safety strategy and action plans on the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Queenslanders are invited to join us in implementing this plan and taking action to reduce serious road trauma.
How can you do this? Communities can become involved in local road safety programs through schools or other groups, or create your own initiative and apply for a Queensland Government road safety grant.
Employers can check that fleet management, workplace health and safety, fatigue management and other policies support the safety of employees while they are on the road. Parents can be their child’s first role model for safe driving and teach basic road safety principles from an early age.
Everyone can investigate opportunities to participate in local community programs, such as volunteering as a learner driver mentor for a disadvantaged young person. Everyone can talk about road safety with family and friends, and can provide valuable feedback to CARRS-Q for our research.
Let’s make our roads safer for everyone.
CARRS-Q is also an active member of the Ministerial Queensland Cycling Advisory Group.
Kim Smith, Marketing and External Relations Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 7 3138 4568.