In 2017, 392 people were killed, and more than 12,000 suffered serious injuries – many with lifelong consequences for themselves and their families.
The Road Safety Plan 2021 features targeted and proven initiatives that will help us to progress towards our road safety goals, addressing key trends, behaviours and the types of crashes occurring on NSW roads.
If NSW had the same fatality rate as countries with the best road safety records such as Sweden or the United Kingdom, the lives of more than 180 people would have been saved in 2017.
Clear and ambitious targets and the adoption of a Safe Systems approach have helped NSW achieve reductions in the road toll.
However more can be done. Enhanced road design, safer speeds, safer vehicle technology and equipment, robust laws, education and enforcement work together to save lives.
Everyone has a role to play. Road builders and managers, vehicle and technology designers, lawmakers, Police, educators, industry bodies and all road users need to collaborate.