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Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Road Transport (General) Amendment Bill 2011

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.46): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Last month I was pleased to release the ACT road safety strategy for 2011-20, which outlines the key goals for road safety in the ACT over the next 10 years, including a reduction in ACT road trauma of 30 per cent to meet national road safety objectives.

As I explained then, the strategy includes the key directions of supporting cultural change in the community towards road safety issues; implementing an educational approach to road safety for all road users, with investment in strategic awareness campaigns and lifelong learning measures; and supporting this educational approach with effective enforcement, including an increased focus on visible police enforcement of all traffic offences and on repeat and high-end traffic offenders.

The strategy is to be supported by multiyear action plans, the first being for 2011-13, providing a list of concrete actions to address priority road safety concerns.

The strategy and action plan will continue to address road safety issues through an integrated approach, using a range of education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, evaluation and support measures.

Consistent with the strategic framework, the amendments in this bill will support and facilitate the enforcement of the road transport legislation, and lead to improved road safety outcomes for the community.

The amendments will achieve the objective of enhanced enforcement in the following ways:

They will assist police and authorised officers to confirm the identity of road users for purposes related to the enforcement of the road transport legislation.

They will facilitate the collection or supply of samples of breath or oral fluid for testing under the Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Act 1977.

They will modernise the definition of “repeat offender” in penalty provisions for certain serious road safety offences, including offences such as culpable driving,

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