SHANE Rattenbury has released the 2014 ACT Road Safety Report Card.
He says that while the ACT performs quite well when compared to other jurisdictions, we are still some way off reaching our vision of zero deaths on ACT roads.
“Road trauma is not inevitable. In fact, most of the deaths on our roads are preventable and we need to share the responsibility for road safety as a community,” Shane said.
“The philosophy we are applying to road safety in the ACT is called ‘Vision Zero’, which means we strive for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on ACT roads.
“It’s important to apply this Vision Zero filter to all our decision making. It might mean, for example, that we lower speed limits, which some people find inconvenient. But the rationale is that these slower speeds translate directly into road safety outcomes.
“This year’s report card is focused on the 2014 calendar year and includes performance data and information on key programs and other initiatives delivered or developed in 2014. In 2014, the ACT again performed better than national rates across all high level performance indicators.
“One of these indicators is the annual number of road fatalities per 100,000 population in which the ACT result was 2.6 fatalities per 100,000 population compared with 4.9 road fatalities per 100,000 people nationally. While these results are better than the national average, this number has risen from the previous year and we still have work to do to bring this number down to zero.
“Before the end of this year, I will release a new ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2015–2018 that will include a range of innovative measures across each of the safe system pillars of safer speeds, safer roads, safer vehicles and safer people.”