On average four people die and 90 people are seriously injured on Australian roads every day. Most Australians have been personally affected by the trauma of a road crash and the cost to the community in terms of economic loss and personal suffering is enormous.
While there has been a measureable decrease in death on Australian roads over the past decade, there has been slower national progress in reducing the number of serious injuries. Any level of serious road trauma is unacceptable and we must do more.
The National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 aims to set out a path for national action on reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on Australian roads. It coincides with the International Decade of Action for Road Safety.
This strategy is founded on the internationally recognised ‘Safe System’ approach formally endorsed by the OECD. This approach accepts that people using the road network will make mistakes and therefore the whole system needs to be more forgiving of those errors. This means there must be a focus on roads, speeds, vehicles and road user behaviour as well as a range of associated activities, including performance monitoring and reporting.