Road Safety is an issue that is close to the hearts of the motoring enthusiast community, and as a community of road users who are under represented in road fatalities and accidents, we have a lot to contribute to this important discussion.
Road Trauma costs this country $27 Billion a year and the social cost is devastating.
The forward to the National Road Safety Strategy – 2011-2020 (NRSS) acknowledges that whilst there has been a measurable decrease in deaths on Australian roads over the past decade, there has been slower national progress in reducing the number of serious injuries during the same time period. Unfortunately, this trend is continuing…
25 people die on Australian roads every week and almost
600 more are seriously injured
We do not teach people to survive on our roads, we teach people to pass a driver license and comply to the rules. A paradigm shift in driver education is needed.
Our National Road Safety Strategy works on the premise that “humans will make mistakes so they need to provide the best possible syytem to reduce the severity of a crash when one occurs. Whilst this has resulted in some great results, little focus has been placed on avoiding the accident in the first place. It is time for a renewed focus on reducing crash risk in addition to continuing with crash severity reduction efforts.
Calling for Better Crash Data
Today’s cars have become so easy to drive that some crash risks have actually increased. In today’s time poor society, with mobile communications providing 24/7 accessibility at the press of a button, the car has become a mobile office. Mobile phone use while driving is a disturbing trend associated with drivers who are, by comparison, bored behind the wheel. Fatigue is another crash statistic that has potential to increase as cars become significantly easier to drive.
The market continues to develop new technologies, but it is very important that drivers are trained, or educated, on how to apply the new technology effectively if we are to realise the full benefits.
It has been said that over 99% of crashes involved some degree of driver error. Driver decisions in the moment leading up to a crash, can in most cases prevent or reduce the severity.
An urgent focus needs to be placed on creating a ‘responsible’ culture of drivers on our roads.