Centre for Road Safety

To achieve the ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads, we’ve adopted the Safe System approach, which is underpinned by the following principles:

  • People make mistakes and sometimes break the rules – but this shouldn’t cost anyone their life
  • The human body has physical limits to what energy it can withstand in a crash before a person is killed or seriously injured
  • Roads, roadsides, travel speeds and vehicles need to be designed to help avoid a crash or reduce the impact of a crash if it happens
  • Road safety is a shared responsibility.

Initiatives to ensure safer roads, speeds, people and cars need to be implemented together so the road system not only keeps us moving, but safe and protected.

Safe speed is a critical component of achieving a safe system – driving to the appropriate speed limit speed means fewer crashes and reduced road trauma. Our integrated approach to achieving safe speeds on our network include:

  • Setting safe speed limits zones and advisory speeds– so that vehicles drivers and riders can travelling at the a speed limit that allows them can safelyto maintain control and respond to potential risks in the road environment
  • Speed enforcement – to ensure drivers comply with the speed limit
  • Public education campaigns – to motivate drivers to slow down and comply with speed zones and advisory speeds
  • Road design and road safety engineering treatments – including traffic calming measures to slow drivers down and protective features to reduce impact forces in the event of crash
  • Safer Vehicles including technologies to support compliance and limit speeding, as well as active and passive safety features to avoid a crash or better protect occupants from injury in the event of a crash.

More information

For details on the Safe System approach and our broader strategy to save lives and prevent serious injuries on NSW roads, visit our Towards Zero website.