BAILLIEU MUST TAKE ACTION ON ROAD TOLL

Posted on 20. Jun, 2011 in Clayton Update

After a six-month holiday on road safety, the Baillieu Government must immediately outline how it will continue to improve safety on Clayton electorate roads, local MP Hong Lim said today.

“Families from the Clayton electorate are still waiting for the Baillieu Government to take action to make Victorian roads safer,” Mr Lim said.

“Instead, Mr Baillieu is waiting on yet another review before outlining how he will improve safety on Victorian roads. This is simply not good enough.

“We cannot afford to wait any longer for Mr Baillieu, which is why the Labor Opposition has unveiled Below 200 By 2020 – Protecting Victorians on our Roads – a series of initiatives and an ambitious but achievable new target to reduce the State’s road toll.”

Mr Lim encouraged residents to ask Mr Baillieu when he intends to take action to cut the road toll and improve on the important progress Labor made in Victoria during the past decade; email: ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au

“An update of Arrive Alive strategy, due last December, is now six months late and without continuous work by the Baillieu Government, we are seriously concerned that our road toll will stop falling,” Mr Lim said.

“We hope that by releasing our plan, the Government will be prompted to act to save Victorian lives and improve road safety and driving habits through the use of new and emerging technology, and ongoing work with the automotive industry, Victoria Police, VicRoads, the Department of Transport and the Monash University Accident Research Centre.”

Labor’s plan also includes:

  • Recognising
    and rewarding new drivers by providing a free three-year licence once a
    four-year probationary period is completed with no road offences;
  • Investing
    in the Road Safety Experience Centre. New drivers who attend the centre should
    receive a free driving lesson. Drivers convicted of serious driving offences
    should be required to attend the centre;
  • Piloting
    the use of Intelligent Speed Assist devices in vehicles of recidivist or
    dangerous speeding offenders. These devices alert the driver when they are
    travelling too fast. They have the ability to record and monitor speeds;
  • Creating
    a Minister for Road Safety to oversee the implementation of road safety
    initiatives;
  • Setting
    up a new fund targeting safety improvements on category C roads in regional Victoria. These are
    generally two-lane sealed roads with shoulders, and connect populated centres;
  • Introducing
    a trial for break-in radio warning systems and cameras at level crossings to
    minimise the risk of train and car collisions;

“Thanks to Victoria’s world-leading Arrive Alive strategy, the state’s road toll has fallen by more than 35 per cent over the last ten years – from 444 in 2001 to 288 last year,”he said.

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