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RAA welcomes road safety pledge

Thursday, 8th Feb 2018

RAA welcomes the pre-election commitment of the South Australian Labor Party to support two of its election priorities – independent and transparent scrutiny for our road safety camera network and increased access to road safety education.

“While it’s good to see the Labor Party has listened to what our members want, we now await similar commitments from all other political parties and candidates,” said Penny Gale, RAA General Manager Engagement and Innovation.

“Road safety isn’t a political issue. Improving people’s safety on our roads should receive bi-partisan support.”

The latest Road Safety Action Plan, released by the State Government yesterday, outlines a new role for the Motor Accident Commission, who will undertake reviews of South Australia’s safety camera network and provide transparent reporting to the community on its findings.

“We have long called for greater transparency and scrutiny of the operation of the safety camera network. As MAC undertake this role, we look forward to working with them to give South Australians confidence that the camera network is there to improve road safety, not raise revenue.

“We’d expect the Motor Accident Commission will evaluate the SA safety camera network, including speed and red light cameras, and publish an annual report on the operation of the camera network, including recommendations on how to improve their impact on road safety.”

RAA has also welcomed a commitment from the Labor Government, if re-elected, to provide ongoing funding for Street Smart Primary to ensure it can be delivered to every South Australian primary school.

“We believe it’s important to teach primary school students these life-saving skills early, and empower them to be confident passengers, pedestrians and cyclists with skills they can take with them for the rest of their lives,” said Ms Gale.

“For each school who signs up to the program, an RAA teacher works with the class teacher to deliver an interactive, age-appropriate road safety presentation for primary school students emphasising pedestrian, passenger and cycling safety.

“Ever since the program was launched in 2014, demand for these lessons has grown year-on-year as more teachers discover the Street Smart Primary program.”

“We feel this is a small price to pay for a program that does such tremendous good in the community.”

Street Smart Primary is currently jointly funded ($120,000/year) by RAA and the Motor Accident Commission (MAC). A commitment for $400,000 per year would allow for this proven program to be expanded into all South Australian primary schools.

Street Smart Primary is provided as a community service, free of charge, and offers:

  • An in-class program
  • A trained, qualified teacher to assist in the delivery of a 45-minute lesson
  • Four age-appropriate lessons or a lesson tailored to suit specific students or schools
  • A team teaching delivery method
  • Advice to schools on delivering appropriate follow-up programs
  • Information for parents/caregivers to continue road safety learning at home

The program has been developed using the Way2Go resource and the Australian Curriculum Guidelines.

RAA is calling on its members and the South Australian public to join the drive for improved roads and public safety by becoming a Road Champion via its website raa.com.au/roadchampions

RAA’s election priorities also include upgrades to the Horrocks Highway between Gawler and Clare, and duplication of Victor Harbor Road.

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