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TOWARDS ZERO - GETTING THERE TOGETHER


Projected savings in numbers killed and seriously injured from 2008 to 2020
Towards Zero is Western Australia’s road safety strategy for 2008-2020.
 
Towards Zero aims to improve road safety through four cornerstones:
  • Safe Road Use – Improving road user behaviour.
  • Safe Roads and Roadsides – Improving road infrastructure improvements.
  • Safe Speeds – Ensuring speed limits and travel speeds are appropriate for the safety of the road infrastructure.
  • Safe Vehicles – Improving the safety of the vehicles on the road.

Link to the Towards Zero strategy, opening in a new windowDownload Towards Zero (54 page PDF (3.32 MB)
 

Safe Road Use

The Towards Zero cornerstones, with safe road use highlightedSafe Road Use is one of the cornerstones of the Towards Zero road safety strategy.

The Safe Road Use enforcement and education initiatives have the potential to save 2,200 people from being killed or seriously injured over the 12 year life of the strategy.

Our Objective

To prevent death and serious injury on our roads by influencing road users to be compliant, alert and safety conscious.

Influencing the behaviour of road users is critical in saving lives and preventing injuries on our roads. We know road users do not always obey the rules so Towards Zero has a strong focus on:

  • Educating road users

  • Enforcing the road rules

  • Promoting the Safe System

However, evidence tells us that it is not only ‘risk taking’ behaviour that causes serious crashes.  Many are caused by the mistakes drivers and riders make, such as errors of judgement or momentary lapses of concentration.  So while we need to continue to target risk taking behaviour, we also need to address those road user errors that may contribute up to 50% of all serious crashes.

Initiatives

The following table lists the initiatives that the government, private sector and individual community members could be doing to implement the Safe Road Use cornerstone.
 
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Table of safe road use initiatives for government, corporate and community

Safe Roads and Roadsides

Towards Zero cornerstones, with safe roads and roadsides highlightedSafe Roads and Roadsides is one of the cornerstones of the Towards Zero road safety strategy.

The Safe Roads and Roadsides initiatives have the potential to save 2,700 people from being killed or seriously injured over the 12 year life of the strategy.

Our Objective

To prevent death and serious injury by improving the safety of roads and roadsides so crashes are less likely to happen and, if they do occur, have a less severe outcome.

Many crashes occur because a road user made a mistake not just because of bad or risk taking behaviour.

Investing in safe roads and roadsides can have a huge impact by reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured when crashes do happen. Towards Zero focuses on:

  • Improving safety at intersections;

  • Reducing the risk of run-off-road crashes through sealing shoulders, installing audible edge lines, removing roadside hazards and installing safety barriers; and

  • Expanding the Black Spot and Safer Roads Programs.

Initiatives

The following table lists the initiatives that the government, corporate/industry sector and individual community members could be doing to implement the Safe Roads and Roadsides cornerstone.
 
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Table of safe roads and roadsides initiatives for government, corporate and community

Safe Speeds

Towards Zero cornerstones, with Safe Speeds highlightedSafe Speeds is one of the cornerstones of the Towards Zero road safety strategy.

The Safe Speeds initiatives have the potential to save 3,200 people from being killed or seriously injured over the 12 year life of the strategy.

Our Objective

To prevent death and serious injury by ensuring speed limits are appropriate for the standard of the road and the standard of the vehicle and that impact speeds on the WA road network are within the limits of human tolerance.

Effective speed management is an essential consideration of any ‘best practice’ road safety strategy but it is also the most controversial. Any substantial changes to speed management will require further community consultation and support.

The Towards Zero approach to Safe Speed focuses on the key areas of:

  • Better speed enforcement and education campaigns on speed reduction;

  • Further research and community consultation on safe speed limits;

  • Demonstration projects to reduce travel speeds and raise community awareness of the implications of speed limit reductions; and

  • Targeted speed limit reductions in areas of high pedestrian activity (such as strip shopping precincts).

Initiatives

The following table lists the initiatives that the government, private sector and individual community members could be doing to implement the Safe Speeds cornerstone.
 
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Table of Safe Speeds initiatives for government, corporate and community

Safe Vehicles

Towards Zero cornerstones with Safe Vehicles highlightedSafe Vehicles is one of the cornerstones of the Towards Zero road safety strategy.

The Safe Vehicles initiatives have the potential to save 2,900 people from being killed or seriously injured over the 12 year life of the strategy.

Our Objective

To prevent death and serious injury by increasing the purchase of safe vehicles and specific safety features in vehicles.

In recent years, there were significant advances in vehicle safety that protect occupants and other road users and improve our ability to avoid crashes. Manufacturers are now responding to market demands to make safety features more widely available. Increasing the proportion of vehicles on our roads with high standard safety features will substantially reduce risks for all road users – drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, scooter riders, pedestrians and cyclists.

These important features are not fitted as standard on many vehicles available on the Australian market, but there is strong community support for measures aimed at improving the safety of vehicles on Western Australian roads.

Towards Zero will focus on:

  • Strongly encouraging making safe vehicles and specific safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and side and curtain (head protecting) airbags compulsory for government vehicles;

  • Educating and encouraging corporations, employees and community members to purchase safe vehicles;

  • Lobbying manufacturers to fit safety features as standard; and

  • Continuing to investigate emerging vehicle safety technology.

Initiatives

The following table lists the initiatives that the government, private sector and individual community members could be doing to implement the Safe Vehicles cornerstone.
 
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Table of safe vehicles initiatives for government, corporate and community

Safe System Foundations

Safe System Foundations is a support strategy essential to the successful implementation of the four cornerstones and achieving our vision.
 
Towards Zero uses a results-focused road safety management system that links what we are all doing (outputs) to what we are all trying to achieve (outcomes) to focus attention on substantial improvements in road safety for Western Australia. 
 
Starting at the base of the pyramid we will continue to improve our data collection, information management and research capacity so that we understand the road safety problems and solutions better. 
 
We will use this to build the capacity in our organisations to understand and lead the changes needed to inform and drive implementation of our key interventions for, and with, our community. 
 
We will improve our ability to monitor and report on progress to political leaders, decision makers and the community.
Image of the road safety management system pyramid. Click to enlarge.
 

Our objective

To prevent death and serious injury by developing support initiatives to ensure effective implementation of proven measures within the strategy cornerstones.
 
Towards Zero will focus on the following:
  • Providing evidence through data collection and research to inform decision making and educate the community.

  • Developing an understanding of, and support for, road safety as a discipline within Road Safety Council agencies through effective co-ordination.

  • Building capacity and knowledge sharing within the agencies that contribute to road safety outcomes and throughout government and the community.

  • Continuing to build partnerships with industry, the non-government sector and the community to work together to implement proven initiatives. Safe System Foundations is a support strategy essential to the successful implementation of the four cornerstones and achieving our vision.


About the Safe System

In building a Safe System, we recognise that humans make errors and take risks no matter how educated and compliant we are in obeying traffic rules.  We recognise that it is probably not possible to prevent all crashes, but we aim to prevent those that result in death and serious injury.


Safe System diagram

We can build a Safe System by addressing the fact that in the event of a crash it is the interaction of three key elements that determine the outcomes:

  • The speed at which the vehicle is travelling at impact.

  • The safety performance of the vehicle.

  • The object that is struck and how forgiving it is (for example, flexible roadside safety barriers are more forgiving than large, solid objects like trees).

Towards Zero: Understanding a Safe System Approach to Road Safety fact sheet PDF  

Safe System Principles

Creating a Safe System depends on understanding and implementing the following five principles:

  1. The limits of human performance. We all make mistakes and we need to acknowledge the limits of our capabilities.

  2. The limits of human tolerance to violent force. In a crash there are physical limits to the amount of force out bodies can take before we are injured.

  3. Shared responsibility. We all take an individual and shared role in road safety. Road users remain responsible for complying with all road rules. System designers are responsible for planning, designing and influencing a road system that caters for the mistakes people make in traffic.

  4. A forgiving road system. We need to design a road system that is ‘inherently safe’ so when crashes do happen, deaths and serious injuries can be avoided.

  5. Increased use of public transport. The fewer people driving cars and riding motorcycles and scooters, the fewer the number of fatal and serious injury crashes.


Our Target by 2020

11,000 fewer people killed or seriously injured.  

If all cornerstones are fully implemented, we have the potential to save 11,000 people from being killed or seriously injured between 2008 and 2020. That is a reduction of around 40% on 2005-2007 levels.

Towards Zero means we do not accept that any human being should die or be seriously injured on our roads. Realistically we understand it is not practical to achieve zero serious injuries by the year 2020, but we do not accept any death or serious injury as inevitable.

Our long-term vision is of a road transport system where crashes resulting in death or seriously injury are virtually eliminated.  This vision can be achieved if the community as a whole makes a fundamental change in the way it thinks about road safety and what it is prepared to accept.

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Projection of the reductionin the number of people killed or seriously injured annually if Towards Zero is fully implemented

Our Progress in Road Safety

Over the past three decades, we have halved the number of road crash fatalities in Western Australia while our population has nearly doubled. Despite this, our performance compared to other Australian jurisdictions has recently dropped. When compared with a range of other nations, WA is an average performer in terms of deaths per 100,000 population.

The situation on regional roads is similar to that in low-income developing nations.

We do not and cannot accept the current level of death and injury. This strategy aims to deliver further substantial improvements.


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Western Australia in comparison to other jurisdictions. Click to enlarge in a new window.

Reports

Report on Activities

The Road Safety Council is required to produce annual reports on its activities for the Minister for Police; Road Safety.

2015/2016 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (25 pages 234 KB)
2014/2015 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (41 pages 1.0 MB)
2013/2014 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (42 pages 8.7 MB)
2012/2013 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (58 pages 1.8 MB)
2011/2012 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (45 pages 487 KB)
2010/2011 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (34 pages 997 KB)
2009/2010 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (34 pages 1.1 MB)
2008/2009 Road Safety Council Report on Activities PDF (30 pages 943 KB)
2007 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (32 pages 960 KB)
2006 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (40 pages 4.9 MB)
2005 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (40 pages 838 KB)
2004 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (24 pages 1 MB)
2003 Annual Review of Arriving Safely PDF (28 pages 1 MB)

Previous Strategy

Arriving Safely was Western Australia's road safety strategy for 2003-2007.

Link to the Arriving Safely strategy, opening in a new windowDownload Arriving Safely (31 page PDF 887 KB)


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Published: 11/3/2016 11:24:35 AM