Tasmania To Develop A ZERO Road Fatality Strategy

Tasmania To Develop A ZERO Road Fatality Strategy

Tasmania Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding

2015 Road Toll

Victor P Taffa

As the Minister in charge of road safety, I am disappointed with the 2015 figures and recommit the Hodgman Government to increasing our road safety effort in the coming years, Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said.

“In 2016 we will be developing the 10 year safety strategy, and all measures to combat the road toll will be taken into consideration, including the review to all penalties. If harsher penalties are needed, they will be considered.”

Figures released today 1 January 2016 show that, unfortunately, the number of people killed or serious injured on roads in 2015 was broadly similar to 2014.

There were 36 fatalities in 2015, compared to 36 in 2014, with the five-year average now standing at 31.4.

Serious injuries rose to 295 in 2015, up from 267 in 2014, which brought the five-year average to 258.4.

“Of particular concern is the number of serious casualties among motorcyclists.” Mr. Hidding said.

While motorcycles account for only about 4 % of Tasmania’s vehicle fleet, in 2015 motorcyclists made up for 33 % of fatalities and serious injuries.

Along with cyclists and pedestrians, motorcyclists are considered vulnerable road users because, as this figure demonstrates, they lack the protection of a motor vehicle and are more likely to be seriously injured or worse in a crash.

Through the Road Safety Advisory Council, the Government is working on a range of initiatives targeting risk groups, including the growing number of international visitors to our State.

“Overall, and as a community, we clearly need to do more to reduce serious crashes, and that’s why have begun work on a new 10-year, Tasmanian road safety strategy.” Mr. Hidding said.

“The new strategy will be developed throughout this year, with further public consultation to take place in coming months, and will adopt the Towards Zero vision.”

It will also be based on the Safe System approach to road safety:

  • Safer drivers,
  • Safer roads,
  • Safer speeds,
  • Safer vehicles.

“Road safety is the responsibility of all road users, and we urge Tasmanian motorists and visitors to our State to look out for others, particularly over the remainder of the Christmas-New Year holiday period.” Mr. Hidding said.

Fatalities – 2015

(A fatality is where a person has died as a result of a road crash within 30 days of the crash. Please note that these figures are preliminary and the final road toll will be determined once Coroner’s Reports have been received).

  • There were 36 fatalities in 2015, compared to 36 in 2014 and the five-year average of 31.4.
  • 18 fatalities were in 100 or 110 km/h speed zones.
  • Road user types: 19 of the fatalities were drivers, 3 passengers, 3 pedestrians, 8 motorcycle riders, 2 ATV riders and one bicyclist.
  • The main contributing factors were:
  • Speed;
  • Inattentiveness;
  • Alcohol;
  • Inexperience;
  • Drugs;
  • Failing to give way.

Serious Injuries

(A serious injury is where a person has been admitted to hospital for more than 24 hours as the result of a road crash.)

  • There were 295 serious injuries in 2015, up 10.5% on the 267 recorded in 2014 and up 14% on the five year average of 258.6.
  • 99 serious injuries were in speed zones of 60 km/h or less and 113 were in 100 or 110 km/h zones.
  • Road user types: 107 of the serious injuries were drivers, 98 motorcyclists, 51 passengers, 21 pedestrians, 12 bike riders and 6 ATV riders.
  • The main contributing factors were:
  • Speed;
  • Alcohol;
  • Inattentiveness;
  • Inexperience;
  • Drugs.