Page 3329 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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demonstration of 132 pairs of shoes representing each person killed on ACT roads over the past 10 years. This was a really visual and tragic reminder of the impact road trauma has had and continues to have on our community.

In July the focus of the awareness program was speeding, with the launch of the stop pushing the limits campaign. This campaign asked drivers what it would take for them to notice and comply with the speed limit. The campaign included television, radio, digital and social media as well as a series of public displays held at town centres, the University of Canberra and at an ACT Brumbies match. On page 17 of the report card you will see that speeding was identified by ACT Policing as a contributing factor in seven fatal crashes over the past three years. I have said it before, and I will keep on saying it, if we want to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads then we must slow down.

Tailgating was the focus in October with a television campaign highlighting the extent of rear end crashes and the impact these crashes can have on people’s lives both in terms of injuries and costs including pressure on CTP premiums.

A number of legislative reforms were developed by the government and passed by the Assembly. The most significant of these reforms established an aggravated version of the offence of furious, reckless or dangerous driving with a higher penalty applying if the offence is committed where an aggravating factor is present, including if the offender was driving in a way that put at risk the safety of a vulnerable road user. An important aspect of the government’s approach to road safety is improving the safety of our roads.

Following the successful implementation of the 40 kilometre an hour speed precincts in town centres, the government decided to introduce 40 kilometre an hour speed precincts in all group centres in the ACT at Amaroo, Calwell, Charnwood, Chisholm, Conder, Curtin, Dickson, Erindale, Hawker, Jamison, Kaleen, Kingston, Kambah, Kippax, Manuka, Mawson, Wanniassa and Weston group centres.

The 40 kilometre an hour precincts will help improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Implementation of 40-kilometre an hour speed limit precincts in all 18 group centres was completed in May 2015. An evaluation of the effectiveness of the precincts will be undertaken.

The Civic cycle loop was completed in stages between 2013 and 2015. It includes the provision for dedicated cycling facilities along sections of the busy city streets in Marcus Clarke Street, Rudd Street and Allara Street, as well as the delivery of a shared zone along the length of Bunda Street. The 3.2 kilometres of new infrastructure is designed to provide safe and prioritised facilities to support active travel modes.

The report card also includes a summary of the good work that was progressed to develop an ACT road safety camera strategy. In July 2014 an evaluation was completed by the transport and road safety research group at the University of New South Wales. This was used to inform and develop the ACT road safety camera strategy and mobile camera deployment strategy which were released in the middle of this year.

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