Victorian road safety symposium addresses road safety

The Victorian Governments plans to reduce injuries on state roads took a further step this week with the first road safety leadership event in Melbourne.

The Towards Zero Road Safety Leadership Symposium, supported by a variety of Victorian road safety authorities, would be of note to fleet managers who have drivers around Victoria each day.

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the conference showed how committed the government was in reducing the more than 5,500 injuries each year.

"Today's symposium also includes the release of the new interactive online statistics Dashboard which helps the community track the progress of Victoria's road safety goals and provides a closer look at how each sector of the Safe System – vehicles, roads, speeds and road users – are impacting on Victoria's most serious crashes," he said.

Last year, the government announced plans to reduce deaths and injuries by 30 per cent by 2022.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said a $1 billion commitment to improve road infrastructure would also reduce accidents.

"We've also developed an integrated approach to stop distracted driving through tougher new penalties, a public education campaign and the innovative Road Mode app," Mr Wells said.

"A speed limit review was also completed in the past year in consultation with the Victorian community and the Coalition Government has ensured road safety remains a priority for Victorians with the new number plate slogan Stay Alert, Stay Alive."

According to the Transport Accident Commission, there were 242 fatalities on Victorian roads last year. This year, there have already been 84 which up 3.7 per cent from the same time last year.

Fleet managers concerned with preventing accidents should invest in sound fleet management software. It provides an outlet to record all incidents and ensure safety maintenance work is always carried out on time.