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NT government encourages residents to help shape road safety plan

The NT government is encouraging its residents to have a say on its Road Safety Action Plan

The Northern Territory government has announced the release of a discussion paper to help build the 2024-2028 iteration of its Road Safety Action Plan. 

The discussion paper sets out proposed actions across 10 priority areas to be addressed over the next five years. 

The NT government says that the plan aims to build on the successes of the Towards Zero Action Plan 2018-2022 and continue to implement actions that reduce road trauma on its roads. 

“We are committed to continue to work towards zero lives lost on our roads,” NT infrastructure minister Joel Bowden says.  

“The release of this discussion paper is the next step in developing our 2024-2028 Road Safety Action Plan.” 

More than 20 key stakeholders have contributed to the plan, including NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Kidsafe NT, regional and town councils and St John Ambulance. 

St John NT ambulance services director Andrew Thomas says that slowing down, taking care on the roads, wearing a seatbelt and not being distracted will help to reduce the road toll on NT roads. 

“Wearing your seatbelt can increase your chances of surviving a crash by up to 50 per cent,” Thomas says.  

“The last thing our paramedics want is to arrive at the scene of an accident where another family has lost a loved one. 

“St John fully supports the next iteration of the Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan and encourages our community to get involved.” 

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