Seeking local views on road safety

A ROAD safety community roundtable will be held in Sale in coming months, focusing on road safety issues affecting regional communities.

The state government is seeking community views on reducing the number of lives lost and serious injuries on regional roads.

Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said more than two thirds of people killed on country Victorian roads this year had died within 30 kilometres of their home.

“The roundtables are an opportunity for local communities to have their say on how to prevent the senseless loss of life of regional Victorians on our roads,” she said.

The Sale roundtable will be one of eight across Victoria, with others being held in Ballarat, Marysville, Shepparton, Portland, Mildura, Bendigo and Geelong.

The community roundtables will follow on from last week’s Road Safety Summit at the State Library, where road safety experts and community leaders gathered to discuss what more could be done to address the horror start to the year on Victoria’s roads.

The majority of this year’s increase in road deaths has happened on regional roads, with 86 people killed, compared with 47 at the same time last year.

A total 143 people have died on the state’s roads this year, compared with 88 at the same time last year – an increase of 63 per cent.

Summit attendees heard from local and international road safety experts, and that the government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero strategy was world-leading in many respects, but the development of a new strategy to begin in 2020 presented opportunities for new initiatives.

Some of the key themes to emerge from the summit included enforcement, speed limits, technology and infrastructure.

The roundtables will explore these issues and focus on local issues raised by local people.

The government will consider the ideas raised as part of the next road safety strategy which is currently being developed.