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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 10 March 2011) . . Page.. 857 ..


(1) How many motor vehicle accidents in the ACT, resulting in serious injury have occurred as a result of speeding in excess of (a) 10 km over the designated speed limit, (b) 20 km over the designated speed limit and (c) 25 or more km over the designated speed limit.

(2) How many of the accidents listed in part (1) resulted in fatalities.

(3) Where did the accidents listed in part (1) occur.

(4) In relation to the database used to record accident information, (a) what information (data fields) are included, (b) for how long have accidents been recorded in this database, (c) which area of Government is responsible for the database and who has access to it, (d) how many accidents are listed in the database and (e) what is the policy for how serious an accidents must be before it is recorded in the database.

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

(1) The speed that vehicles were travelling at the time of a collision is extremely difficult to determine, and can only be determined using a combination of complex collision investigation and reconstruction techniques. Due to the expertise and technology required to conduct such an investigation ACT Policing (ACTP) applies these techniques to collision investigations on a priority basis. Should speed be of particular relevance to a collision investigation, additional attention will be paid to this aspect. However, ACTP do not routinely record estimated speeds of vehicles in collision reports. Of those collisions occurring in 2010 resulting in death, collision investigators recorded speed as a factor contributing to the collision (either on its own or in combination with other factors) on five (5) occasions. In 2011, the ACT road toll currently stands at two. Speed has been recorded as a factor in one of these fatalities by the collision investigators.

(2) For the year 2010, there were 15 fatal collisions resulting in 18 deaths. To date in 2011 there have been two (2) fatal collisions resulting in two (2) deaths.

(3) The spreadsheet below has a breakdown of accidents reported to Police between January 2010 and February 2011 by suburb.

(A copy of the spreadsheet is available at the Chamber Support Office).

(4) The responses to question (4) are as follows:

(a) There are numerous fields. The main fields are Date and Time of Incident, Offences, Victim details, Complainant details and an entry where general details may be entered. The general method of reporting a collision where police attendance is not required is on-line through a ‘smart form’. This enables members of the community to report a collision from either the ACTP web site or from the Canberra Connect web site and complete the form. When the member of the public submits the form, a de-identified copy goes to TAMS for statistical recording and a copy goes to ACTP. The forms are stored by Canberra Connect in a secure server.

(b) The internet based system has been in place since December 2010. All previous reports were hard copies so there is limited data in the new system. It should also be noted that these are self report forms so there are no questions regarding speeding or fault. A copy of the report form, including all data fields can be found at this link: https://forms.act.gov.au/smartform/public/FormServer?formId=1021.


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