The lived-experience of Victorians will be front and centre as planning ramps up for the state’s next road safety strategy.
Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford has launched Victoria’s Next Road Safety Strategy Survey which will help the Victorian Government further understand how Victorians use and view the state’s road network, and how it can be made safer.
The state-wide survey is the third stage of community engagement that will help the development of the strategy that will be launched next year and succeed the current Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan.
Last month, the Victorian Government wrapped up its series of eight Towards Zero Regional Road Safety Forums, which sought the insights, ideas and experiences of regional Victorians.
More than 800 community members attended the forums at Mildura, Bendigo, Portland, Geelong, Sale, Shepparton, Marysville and Ballarat.
Key themes from the regional forums included safe speeds and driver behaviour, the need for more enforcement, road user education and training, road condition and maintenance, the use of technology, and flexible safety barriers.
The forums followed the Melbourne Road Safety Summit in May, where road safety experts and community leaders gathered to discuss what more could be done to address a tragic start to the year on Victoria’s roads.
Ideas from the summit, regional forums and Victoria’s Next Road Safety Strategy Survey, will help shape the state’s next road safety strategy.
Road Safety Victoria is leading the strategy’s development alongside Victoria Police, the Transport Accident Commission, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Like Victoria’s existing road safety strategy, aiming for zero deaths and serious injuries will remain the overarching goal of the next strategy.
The current four-year Towards Zero Strategy, launched in 2016, continues to deliver on an unprecedented $1.7-billion of investments into road safety infrastructure, technology, education and enforcement.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is live on the Engage Victoria website until the end of October. Visit engage.vic.gov.au/TZ2020
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford
“The ideas and insights of Victorians will be central to the next road safety strategy, because we all have a role to play in creating safer roads.”
“I encourage all Victorians to share their thoughts by filling out the survey – your insights are vital in creating safer roads, reducing injury and saving lives.”