Posted on 31. May, 2010 in News

 Transport groups, road safety experts, community groups, police and leaders in health, road trauma and youth affairs will come together next week to consider new ways to bring down Victoria’s road toll.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said the Brumby Labor Government would host a Road Safety Roundtable on Tuesday 1 June, bringing together a number of key individuals with an interest in improving safety on Victorian roads.

“We understand Victorians are concerned about safety on our roads, which is why the Brumby Labor Government is taking action to improve community safety and drive down the road toll,” Mr Pallas said.

“Road safety is a serious issue for all Victorians. Last year, 290 people were killed and more than 7000 were seriously injured on our roads. Every life lost on our roads is one too many.

“Death and serious injury on our roads is never acceptable. This year alone 133 people have been killed – 15 more than at the same time last year.

“It is very important for Government to continue to engage with the community, discuss and consider new ways to improve road safety. This roundtable is a great way to do that.

“People will raise a range of ideas that may or may not become government policy, but it is important that all ideas are on the table.”

The Road Safety Roundtable will help inform the development of a new action plan as part of the Brumby Labor Government’s arrive alive Road Safety Strategy 2008-2017, which aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2017.

The roundtable will focus on key areas of concern to the community, including young drivers, speed, alcohol and the impact of emerging technologies.

The range of new ideas and measures to be discussed include:

  • Tougher laws for drivers under 25 years, including curfew restrictions, a reduction in the demerit point threshold, and stricter mobile phone laws;
  • Further development and introduction of Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) to forcibly slow down repeat speeding offenders;
  • Stronger vehicle impoundment sanctions, including for repeat drink and drug drivers; and
  • Wider use of mandatory alcohol interlock devices.

Mr Pallas said the ideas being discussed were the result of community and stakeholder consultation and also came out of responses to existing road safety measures.

“Some of these ideas being discussed may never come to fruition, but others may one day have a great impact on road safety. This presents a perfect opportunity to create a new dialogue between the range of individuals and organisations engaged in keeping our roads safe,” he said.

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