What is the ACT Road Safety Strategy?

Published 18 Dec 2018

Author: Nassir Bechara

While the ACT has one of the best road safety rates in Australia, every year an average of 14 people are killed and 565 are injured on ACT roads, according to the state government.

In order to prevent complacency, the ACT released the ACT Road Safety Strategy (RSS) in November 2011. But what exactly does this document include?

An overview of the ACT Road Safety Strategy

The ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 provides a framework based on addressing road safety in the ACT over the next 10 years – all of which is backed and enforced by the government.

The main strategic goals of the RSS include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop an approach that involves all key stakeholders working together to improve the state’s overall road safety.
  • Contribute to a national reduction in the number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur each year by at least 30 per cent by 2020.
  • Establish an ACT community that shares the responsibility for road safety.

The RSS is supported by multi-year action plans which are based, in part, on the global Vision Zero philosophy. The core value of Vision Zero lies in the protection of human life and health, while taking a systems approach to enhancing safety. Here, infrastructure and system design are dissected to get to the bottom of the problem.

How does it differ from the previous strategy?

Prior to the 2011-2020 RSS, the ACT worked under the 2007-2010 version and its supporting plans. These were predominantly based on an integrated approach to improving road safety using a blend of engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

While the 2011-2020 Road Safety Strategy still supports this integrated approach, the amended RSS has a stronger vision element based on the morals of Vision Zero. It also focuses more on the application of national ‘safe system’ principles and how to better address cultural change.

Has the ACT RSS made improvements to road safety in the state?

It seems taking such a headstrong approach to improving road safety has paid off for the ACT. According to Budget Direct’s Car Accident Statistics 2018 report, the ACT has seen the most success in reducing their fatalities. In the last 30 years, the state has reduced fatalities from 13.6 to 2.3 fatalities per 100,000 people.

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