Napthine Government Making Country Roads Safer

• Safer Country Roads Plan 2014-2018 unveiled to curb road toll
• Plan aims to prevent fatalities and serious injuries to most vulnerable road users
• Napthine Government building a safer Victoria

A new plan aimed at further reducing road trauma will help make Victorian country roads some of the safest in the country.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the Victoria Police Safer Country Roads Plan 2014-2018 was designed to target some of the state’s most vulnerable road users.

“Country road users are three times more likely to be killed and 40 per cent more likely to be seriously injured in a road accident,” Mr Wells said.

“And more often than not these deaths and injuries are preventable.

“Speed, drugs, alcohol, fatigue, distraction, inexperience and driver error are often to blame.”

Mr Wells said Victoria Police would work with its road safety partners, the TAC, VicRoads and the Department of Justice, as part of their commitment to reducing the road toll even further.

“Together, these partners will over the next few years continue to influence and change poor road user behaviour on country roads.

“And beyond road user behaviour, the road safety partners will also look at types of vehicles, travel speeds, roads and the roadside environment.”

The Safer Country Roads Plan 2014-2018 aims to:

• Improve the access and use of road policing technology in rural Victoria, including the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition    (ANPR);
• Introduce new and more effective speed detection technology;
• Increase drink and drug driving enforcement, including more localised operations and the doubling of drug driver roadside testing to more than 100,000;
• Promote awareness of fatigue and it’s dangers when travelling on country roads;
• Focus on improving driver behaviour through education around the dangers of speeding, impairment, distraction and not wearing seatbelts; and
• Address the inaccuracy and under-reporting of off-road trauma.

“We are going to face new challenges and new complexities on our roads in the coming years, with a growing population and changing demographics,” Mr Wells said.

“The Napthine Government is confident that with its road safety partners we will continue to make our country roads and communities safer.”

Media contact: Mike Bennett 0412 901 229 michael.bennett@minstaff.vic.gov.au