Commissioner committed to zero death toll on WA roads

THE Road Safety Commission said the tragic deaths of five people on WA’s roads over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend highlighted the need for motorists to have road safety at the forefront of their mind each time they got behind the wheel.

The deaths highlight the importance of the State Government’s Road Safety Strategy, Towards Zero, which details a comprehensive plan to reduce road deaths and serious injuries by 11,000 over 12 years through a series of measures such as driver education and infrastructure reform.

The regional road toll continues to surpass that of the metropolitan area but is the second lowest in five years.

“However, the risk remains and, as a community, the toll is unacceptable,” Acting Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said.

“Of course we can’t prevent all crashes but we’re working to ensure we protect road users by influencing road user behaviour, further improving road infrastructure and promoting vehicle safety.

“Our Towards Zero Strategy relies on an international formula and will lead to a road system that prioritises safety outcomes to counter mistakes people make.”

The State Government’s Wheatbelt Highway Review is expected to improve areas of the Great Eastern and Great Southern Highways in that region.

“All red light and speed camera fine revenue is wisely spent in working towards further improving our road system. This includes road treatments and infrastructure programs, safe vehicle technologies and encouraging safer speeds. We also influence driver behaviour through targeted advertising campaigns,” Mr Papalia said.

The Acting Commissioner said now was an appropriate time to remind drivers transporting children during school holidays to drive to conditions and obey road rules.

“Any road death is one too many and the commission remains committed to ensuring awareness,” Mr Papalia said.