Towards ZERO Together
2011 Road Toll - second lowest on record
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|Action plan 2011 & 2012|
No death or serious injury on our roads is acceptable or inevitable, and the whole South Australian community must work together to address the trauma caused by everyday use of the roads – regardless of the circumstances or the people involved.
Road safety is a challenge for everyone involved in using, designing and managing the road transport system - not just people involved in crashes. Some changes can be made immediately but others may take many years to achieve.
Crashes may still happen on the road as people using the road transport system make mistakes or poor choices. However, safe choices should be the easiest ones to make and mistakes should not result in death or serious injury.
This strategy sets the direction for reducing serious casualties during the decade by at least 30% – to less than 80 fatalities and less than 800 serious injuries per year by 2020. This is the minimum improvement, and we will strive to do better.
less than 80 per year
(4.5 per 100 000 population)
less than 800 per year
(45 per 100 000 population)
|This strategy will be supported with action plans that set out priority actions that will be undertaken towards achieving the targets.|
Figure 1 Road deaths and serious injuries, South Australia, 1981-2010
The average road toll for the years 1981-1983 was 252, which reduced to 155 for the period 2001-2003, then to 112 for the period 2008-2010. Similar reductions have been observed for serious injuries with an average of 3,104 from 1981 to 1983, reducing to an average of 1,126 between 2008-2010.
Different mixes of intervention are possible, but infrastructure safety improvements, speed management and improved driver behaviour and compliance will have the greatest potential to significantly influence casualty reductions.
Continual improvements in vehicle safety will also be felt over the course of the decade.
During the last 30 years, South Australia has seen a substantial reduction in the number of deaths and serious injuries due to road crashes. Many actions have contributed to these improvements including:
- Graduated Licensing Schemes for young drivers.
- Static and mobile driver testing for alcohol and drugs.
- Increased use of seatbelts and child restraints.
- Mandatory alcohol interlock program.
- The introduction of a 50km/h default speed limit in urban areas.
- Increased and better targeted enforcement.
- A network of safety cameras at high risk intersections.
- Black spot programs to improve sites with poor crash histories.
- Infrastructure safety programs such as road shoulder sealing.
- Increased numbers of 4 and 5 star safety rated vehicles that provide better protection for occupants.
- More vehicles fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to assist drivers to avoid crashes.
Figure 3 Fatalities with major initiatives, South Australia, 1981-2010
Despite improvements there is still much more to do with over 100 South Australians being killed and over 1,000 seriously injured on average each year. These figures represent an enormous amount of grief, suffering and loss as well as an economic cost of about $1 billion each year for the South Australian community.
Evidence-based, system-wide changes to speed limits reduced vehicle speeds and crashes that, together with other changes to the system, reduced road deaths by over 20% over the period of the last strategy (2003-2010).
The initiatives introduced in the last strategy will continue to deliver benefits for years to come, but substantial new initiatives that will significantly reduce crash risks to many road users in the community are now required to take us to the next level of trauma reduction.