RACV aims higher on road toll reduction

RACV disappointed with government target on reducing the road toll, saying it should aim higher

By Ruza Zivkusic | March 18, 2011

The RACV motoring group wants the Federal Government to raise the bar on the suggest target of a 30 percent reduction in road fatalities and injuries.

RACV President Peter Chandler says he is disappointed with the target in the proposed 10-year National Road Safety Strategy draft, claiming it is too low.

He wants the government to increase the target to 50 percent to bring it into line Federation Internationale de l’Automobile’s (FIA) target in its global Make Roads Safe campaign.

Chandler claims lifting the target by an extra 20 percent will also be consistent with Australia’s commitment as a formal signatory to the United Nations’ road safety campaign aimed at reducing global deaths by 2020.

"Every day around the world 3500 people are suddenly and violently killed in road crashes. These crashes are the leading cause of death for young people worldwide," Chandler says.

"Such tragic events can be prevented if measures are taken by governments, road authorities, police and road users to improve safety."

Chandler wants greater infrastructure spending to improve road safety.

"We know that improved roads contribute significantly to an overall reduction in fatalities and serious injuries," he says.

FIA President Jean Todt says making the world’s roads safer is a global challenge. By working together, he says countries can prevent 5 million people from being killed on the road during the next decade.

"This year 1.3 million people will die in road crashes and 50 million will be injured," Todt says.

"The personal, social and economic impact of this is enormous and I urge governments everywhere to become active champions of road safety."

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