RAA urges action to bring down the state’s road toll
Friday, 14th Sep 2018
RAA, the state’s largest motoring body, is calling for decisive action by all levels of government following a failure to reduce road fatalities in regional South Australia during the past five years.
RAA’s Senior Manager of Road Safety Charles Mountain said that the lack of progress in combatting rural roads deaths was appalling.
“Any reductions in the state’s annual road toll have been as a result of reductions in fatalities in the Adelaide metro area,’’ he said.
“It’s extremely disappointing that in the same five-year period there has never been a single month which did not record a road fatality.”
RAA’s call to prioritise road safety comes as a report into the National Road Safety Strategy, was issued this week.
“RAA considers the report’s call for road safety to be part of the ‘business as usual’ approach across all levels of government to be non-negotiable,’’ Mr Mountain said.
The association, which represents the views and interests of over 720,000 South Australians, also backs the report’s recommendation for a minimum commitment to a $3 billion a year national road-safety fund.
The Commonwealth Government ordered the report into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 a year ago, to identify the key factors involved in road trauma, including increases in the national road toll recorded in 2015 and 2016.
The report found that failing to improve our current situation will result in a further 12,000 people being killed and 360,000 injured at a cost of over $300 billion across the nation over the next decade alone.
RAA is a long-term advocate for measures that boost road safety and has regularly called for action to tackle the emotional and economic anguish road crashes cause South Australian families.
“We want to see a dramatic reduction in the state’s road toll and will continue to lobby all levels of government to cut road deaths and injuries,” Mr Mountain said.