Government urged to support road safety

The Australian College of Road Safety today (April 24) urged our country's leaders to take a long, hard look at road safety in Australia, and offer a budget to combat the growing problem of road trauma.

The college hopes that, by bringing national attention to the issue of road safety, we can start taking measures to prevent the estimated 25 deaths and 600 serious injuries that result from road accidents every single week.

Several demands have been made of the federal government, including the enhancement of several road safety programs that are already in existence.

For example, the National Road Safety Executive Group and Austroads are currently working on making sure all government infrastructure projects have safety targets. And they are just a couple of the many groups that have united in an effort to promote "safer roads, safer cars and safe drivers".

Lauchlan McIntosh, the Australasian president of the College of Road Safety, wants a "comprehensive national budget" put in place to make these proposed safety enhancements a reality for Australians.

Safer roads mean safer journeys for any employees - and their cars - driving around Australia.

If you're a fleet manager, this could also mean less damage to your cars and smaller fleet maintenance costs to boot.

These safety measures and their proposed enhancements are all part of a global initiative to reduce road deaths and injuries called The United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration estimates that up to five million lives could be saved over the next decade as a result of this initiative.

Australia also launched its own national road safety strategy in 2011. Generously supported by the Australian Transport Council, this local initiative's goal is to reduce the road toll in our country by at least 30 per cent in the next ten years.