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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 149..


Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In selecting matters for inclusion in its annual report, ACT Policing is mindful of its obligations under the Policing Arrangement between the ACT and Commonwealth Governments and respects the authority of the Courts in matters which are sub judice or subject to examination by the Coroner. The primary focus of the annual report is ACT Policing's performance against the annual Purchase Agreement. In this regard, page 7 of the annual report includes details of ACT Policing's response to road trauma.

It should also be noted that there were 20 deaths on ACT roads in 2005-2006. None of the names of victims, the specific circumstances surrounding their deaths or police responses to those collisions are included in ACT Policing's Annual Report.

Policing—fatal collisions

(Question No 1460)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, on 14 December 2006:

(1) Given that fatal collisions have gone from 2.8 per 100 000 in 2003-2004 to 5.8 in 2005-2006 and that page 46 in the ACT Policing 2005-06 annual report stated that it should be noted that while fatal collisions are at their highest since 2000-2001, they still remain below the national average per 100 000 population and that these are positive results, does ACT Policing have an expectation that these figures should be dramatically superior than national average given the ACT is a rather small precinct, and has the wealthiest and most educated people population in Australia;

(2) Does ACT Policing ever compare, or intend to compare, such statistics to similar sized jurisdictions rather than cities with populations over 1 million;

(3) What ACT Policing policies and programs relating to collisions have been (a) withdrawn since 2001 and (b) significantly altered since 2001;

(4) How has ACT Policing consulted with the community in seeking more effective prevention measures against fatal collisions.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No. While many factors may impact on road trauma, it is not apparent that the size of the jurisdiction, average income or levels of education are among these factors.

(2) The National Road Safety Strategy clearly outlines the measures to be used by all States and Territories relating to road trauma. In accordance with the strategy, comparisons within the ACT Policing Annual Report relate to Australian States and Territories, not particular cities within those jurisdictions. The practice of comparing

rates per 100,000 population allows for standardized comparisons across jurisdictions and, by agreement, is used by all Australian states and territories.

As a normal part of business and review of strategies, ACT Policing constantly looks at all areas of road trauma, within Australia and overseas to identify strategies that may work within the ACT.


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