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An overview of road safety in victoria james holgate

  1. 1. An overview of road safety in VictoriaJames Holgate, Director, Road User SafetyMay 2012
  2. 2. Today’s presentation1. Victoria’s road safety strategy2. Governance3. Inter agency coordination4. Road safety capacity
  3. 3. Road safety in Victoria Best practice Aggressive targets Specific target groups, eg. children, vulnerable road users
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  5. 5. National Road Safety Strategy Targets Safe system principles Shared responsibility Corporate responsibility International collaboration Interventions  Directions – achievements by 2020  First Steps – actions by 2014  Future steps – issues for consideration But responsibility for implementation is largely with the States and Territories [PDF]:
  6. 6. Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy
  7. 7. Victoria’s road safety strategy arrive alive 2008-2017 Reduce road trauma by 30%  The Safe System approach  Agreed and publicised targets Safe System (aims to reduce the number of crashes, and should a crash occur reduce the severity of injury by the management of crash forces to survivable levels through the interaction of  Overarching range of actions at any time Safer Speeds, Safer Roads & Roadsides and Safer Vehicles)o Unde crasheng) Safe Road Safe Roads & Safe Vehicles Users Roadsides
  8. 8. Higher crash risk of young driversSessionfour
  9. 9. Peer passenger restrictions Novice driver fatal crash risk increases four times when carrying more than one peer passenger Around 26% of first year probationary drivers involved in fatal crashes are carrying two or more peer passengers From 1 July 2008, P1 probationary drivers have been restricted to carrying one peer passenger
  10. 10. Targeted road improvements
  11. 11. Electronic stability control (ESC) ESC helps drivers to avoid crashes by reducing the danger of skidding, or losing control Australian research indicates that ESC reduces the risk of single vehicle crashes: – by 30% across all vehicle types – by over 50% For 4WD vehicles
  12. 12. Governance Partnership model Meeting of Ministers Parliamentary Road Safety Committee Watchdogs
  13. 13. Managing road safety in Victoria Transport Cabinet Committee Minister for Roads ENSURES THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A CO-ORDINATED Minister for Police & Emergency APPROACH TO ROAD Services SAFETY IN VICTORIA Minister Responsible for TAC Parliamentary Road Safety REPORTING DIRECTION / ENDORESEMENT Committee Road Safety Executive Group Road Safety Management Group CO-ORDINATION BY VICROADS External Stakeholder Victorian Community Road Local Government Consultation Safety Alliance National Issues Road Safety Education Group
  14. 14. Agency roles Road safety policy, management of the road safety strategy, management of the Road Safety Act, communications Courts system, infringements system, road safety camera program Third party insurance, communications Enforcement
  15. 15. Frequent, formal meetings Road Safety Management Group Road Safety Executive Group High level, day-to-day meetings
  16. 16. Road safety capacity - framework
  17. 17. Framework Results focus Coordination Legislation Funding and resource allocation Promotion Monitoring and evaluation Research and development and knowledge transfer
  18. 18. Extending capacity beyond government Research Advocacy Corporate involvement in road safety Community engagement
  19. 19. Research Victoria conducts substantial road safety research programs Key challenge: transfer research knowledge to build capacity among practitioners, policy makers and to inform public debate
  20. 20. Advocacy Active support across all levels Importance of continuing to promote Safe System thinking and building strong support for key road safety initiatives Local government and community road safety councils are important partners at the local level, with major roles in advocacy and increasing the understanding of road safety issues in their community
  21. 21. Corporate involvement Corporations have established relationships with employees and the community Talk to community through their brand Strength of influence OHS Good corporate citizenship
  22. 22. Community engagement Community involvement in local settings: – Providing government and other decision-makers with a clear and accurate understanding of the public’s priorities and needs, especially at the local level – Promoting Safe System thinking and building strong support for key road safety initiatives – Disseminating tailored, relevant information quickly to the right target audiences locally – Advocating for road safety as well as encouraging others too – Key challenge: encouraging personal responsibility for road safety