Draft National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020 – Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Posted on February 7, 2011. Filed under: Health Policy | Tags: , , |

Draft National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020 – Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport

“On average, four people are killed and 80 are seriously injured every day on Australia’s roads. Almost everyone has, at some stage, been affected by a road crash.

Australian Transport Ministers have asked the heads of transport and roads agencies around the country to work together to prepare a new 10-year National Road Safety Strategy for the period from 2011 to 2020. The new strategy is intended to set an ambitious long-term vision for road safety improvement in Australia and to guide national action over the coming decade.

Transport agencies have been working hard to develop a draft National Road Safety Strategy and would like to hear from the community on its proposals.”     … continues on the site

Comment on the draft strategy from the ABC:
Call for total ban on phones while driving

 “There is a push for the use of mobile phones to be totally banned in cars, after a report found drivers using phones are at a much greater risk of crashing – even when using them hands-free.

A draft national road safety report recommended the consideration of the total ban on mobile phone use in vehicles as one of a range of strategies to cut the road toll.

Researcher Mark Stevenson from Monash University’s accident research centre says the report shows the risks to drivers.

“It’s around a fourfold increased risk if you’re holding the phone, in terms of crashing resulting in an injury,” he said.

“Hands-free, it’s around 3.7 times the risk.” ” …continues on the site

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