Centre for Road Safety

Road Safety Plan 2021 Consultation (5 minutes, 51 seconds)

[Piano music plays.]

Graphic: Towards Zero logo

[Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, speaks to camera.]

Melinda Pavey: Every life is important and for this reason the NSW government has set a clear target to reduce road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2021 and an ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on the state's roads.

[Graphic shows chart with a green target line with a downward trend in road fatalities of 30 per cent by 2021. The chart then shows a red line, Actual fatality rate, with a matching downward trend.]

Melinda Pavey: We were on track saving more lives each year up to 2014, which had a record low road toll, however, 2015 and 2016 saw a tragic increase in lives lost.

[Aerial shot of traffic on the outskirts of an urban area, traffic on a city road, heavy traffic on a divided road.]

Melinda Pavey: Safety on the state's roads is one of the NSW Government's highest priorities. So as Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, I'm determined to get us back on track.

[Shots of large screens and staff monitoring traffic at the Transport Management Centre, and traffic on a divided road with an 80km/h electronic speed sign.]

Melinda Pavey: We are already making changes that are saving lives, but more work is needed. We need a practical, clear plan to guide how we will make NSW roads safer. Road safety is a shared responsibility.

[People are shown attending road safety countermeasures workshops.]

Graphic: Towards Zero deaths and serious injury through a safe system

Melinda Pavey: So I'm seeking your ideas and input on our future road safety initiatives.

Graphic: Towards Zero graphic is expanded to include Safe roads, Safe speeds, Safe vehicles and Safe people.

Melinda Pavey: Initiatives to ensure safer roads, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer people so that the road transport system not only keeps us moving but also keeps us safe.

[NSW Assistant Police Commissioner, Michael Corboy, speaks to the camera.]

Michael Corboy: Every day the NSW Police see the devastating effect that crashes have on people's lives.

[A policeman drives a car on a city street, a highway patrol car with flashing rooftop lights round a bend, traffic on a divided road, and pedestrians cross at a set of lights.]

Michael Corboy: I believe if we work together, there is no reason we can't make NSW roads the safest in the world with the ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries. We must tackle some immediate emerging issues including the high number of country road deaths.

Graphic: Immediate and emerging issues: Two thirds of our road fatalities occur on NSW Country roads

Michael Corboy: Two thirds of our road toll occurs in rural areas in NSW.

Graphic: Increasing pedestrian deaths in NSW cities

Michael Corboy: The increasing pedestrian deaths in our cities.

Graphic: High numbers of serious injury crashes in metro areas

Michael Corboy: And the high numbers of serious injury crashes in urban areas, along with their life-long impacts.

[Pedestrians cross at the lights on a busy city street, the view down an urban street, a light truck passes bicycle riders in a built-up area.]

Michael Corboy: Whichever way you travel, the simple act of going to work, school or the shops shouldn't mean you or your family risk death or serious injury. That is why the NSW government is reviewing the current road safety actions to make sure we all focus on what works, and work together to save lives and prevent injuries.

[Ken Kanofski, Chief Executive, Roads and Maritime Services, speaks to the camera.]

Ken Kanofski: What's important when we think about road safety is that all elements of the system work together. That's our roads, that's the vehicles, that's the people that travel on the roads and that's the speed at which they travel.

[A car and a bicycle rider share the road, traffic on busy city streets, a quiet road in a built-up area.]

Ken Kanofski: All those elements need to work together to make a safe system. What we know is that people make mistakes and our systems have to compensate for that.

[Close-ups of wire-rope barriers and traffic on divided roads.]

Ken Kanofski: Our roads are getting safer. For many years we've had barriers and wire rope and things that actually stop people from dying on our road system and survive through a crash situation.

[Crash test laboratory footage shows overhead view of two cars in a frontal crash.]

Ken Kanofski: Vehicle manufacturers work very hard on making vehicles safer. We've got ABS, we've got air bags.

[Crash test footage shows a side-on crash into a pole as an airbag inflates to protect a dummy’s head.]

Ken Kanofski: Vehicles are much safer. Speed is incredibly important, human bodies are frail they can only put up with so much. The speed at which you’re travelling can make the difference as to whether you go home or you don't go home. So what's really important as you look at the plans that you’re reviewing, and that you're commenting on, is you think about the safe systems approach: the roads, the vehicles, the people, and the speed working together. That's the approach you should have in your mind.

[Tim Reardon, Secretary, Transport for NSW, speaks to the camera.]

Tim Reardon: The Transport network gives each of us access to the services we need - our work, schools and more. We each use the network in different ways and for different purposes.

[Cyclists ride on a bike path; a caravan is towed along an urban street, a couple walk on a path beside a river.]

Tim Reardon: Some enjoy a leisurely ride with friends on the weekend, some of us drive to the local shops and some of us like to walk to the park.

[Aerial shots of heavy traffic on multi-lane roads; view through the windscreen of a vehicle travelling on a high-speed country road.]

Tim Reardon: For some, they drive every day for a living, transporting goods, spending many hours behind the wheel to make sure that when you go to the local shops the shelves are stacked.

[A large truck travels at night on a multi-lane road.]

Tim Reardon: Others drive through the night to get that equipment on the job site for the next day's work. Whichever way you use it, it is a fundamental part of our lives that we may take for granted, unless something goes wrong.

[Heavy traffic travels on a divided road, traffic on a city street, traffic on a rural road, aerial shot of bridge across a river.]

Tim Reardon: Being safe on the roads is important whether travelling around your local area or when travelling further afield. We all share the roads and road safety is a shared responsibility. By working together we can save more lives and reduce the serious injuries that affect over 12,000 people who are hospitalised each year in this state. That is why we are ensuring as many people, stakeholders and partners, have an opportunity to have their say.

[Bernard Carlon, Executive Director, Centre for Road Safety, speaks to the camera.]

Bernard Carlon: In NSW we've been very successful over many years at reducing road deaths and serious injuries. We've been leaders in using the evidence of why crashes happen to improve our laws, build safer roads, safer cars and educate our community. We want our new road safety plan to continue to move us Towards Zero because we know every death and serious injury is preventable if we have a safe system.

[Traffic on a city street, views of traffic on large divided roads, aerial shot of regional road.]

Bernard Carlon: Based on the latest evidence on what is causing the trauma on our roads, we've assessed Australian and international information on what works.

[People are shown attending road safety countermeasures workshops.]

Bernard Carlon: Now we want you to look at the evidence and the options and give us your view of what you think should be the priorities of a new Road Safety Plan for NSW.

[Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning, Transport for NSW, speaks to the camera.]

Clare Gardiner-Barnes: Your feedback will be used to help decide what we will focus on in NSW between now and 2021 to save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads. We'll also use your ideas to prepare for a longer term Future Transport, where there are no deaths on our roads. We need to make sure we focus on what will save lives and have a clear way of delivering them because people's lives depend on it.

End graphic: Towards Zero

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