Safety is a shared responsibility
In line with the 2013-2022 Victorian Road Safety Strategy, the ultimate aim of the TAC and its road safety partners is to achieve the vision of no road deaths and serious injuries - a future where every journey is a safe one.
The rationale for this is simple and is based on the belief that human health is paramount to all else - everyone has the right to use our roads and streets without threat to life or health.
We no longer accept that it's inevitable that people die or be seriously injured just because we have a road transport system, because we do not believe it is ethically acceptable that people are killed or seriously injured when using our transport system. Life and health should never be exchanged for other benefits in our society such as getting from A to B quicker. When someone is killed or seriously injured, we must do everything we can to prevent a similar event from occurring.
To achieve this, the Victorian road safety partners (VicRoads, Victoria Police, the Department of Justice and the Transport Accident Commission) have adopted a Safe System philosophy to road safety. This is a holistic method that aims to minimise the risk of death or serious injury on the roads by taking into account the interaction between roads, vehicles, speeds and road users.
The key principles underpinning and driving a safe system approach are that:
- People make mistakes
- People have a limited tolerance to injuries
- Safety is a shared responsibility
One of the challenges of truly adopting safe system thinking within road safety is informing and engaging the community regarding the concept. 'Safety is a shared responsibility' is one of the key principles of the system so the community needs to be engaged for this to be possible – and worth noting, this will represent a significant shift for the Victorian community in road safety communications.
Road trauma should not be accepted as inevitable. Within the safe systems model, if a mistake is made on the road the impact is severely reduced or negated by safer roads, safer vehicles, safer speeds and safer people.
For more information on Towards Zero head to the Towards Zero website.
At the TAC we implement Victoria's road safety strategy with our partners, Victoria Police, Department of Justice and VicRoads. We encourage the entire community to work together to prevent road trauma.