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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 628 ..

hear the government will be doing something. I call upon the government to listen to the community, act quickly and reduce the billboards in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Road safety report card—2018

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (3.59): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020—Road Safety Report Card 2018.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I present the 2018 ACT road safety report card. This report card is intended to provide information to the public on ACT government responses to road safety and the implementation of the national and jurisdictional road safety strategies. This report card includes a summary of the government’s key road safety achievements over the past 12 months, an update of the implementation status of the government’s road safety commitments and the ACT’s statistical measures of progress, including ACT reporting against the national road safety performance indicators.

The commitments made by the ACT government on road safety are summarised in the four appendices at the back of the report card. They include: the road safety action plan 2016-20; the agreed recommendations arising from the Legislative Assembly inquiry into vulnerable road users; the agreed recommendations from the ACT Auditor-General’s audit report on speed cameras in the ACT; and the action items from the ACT road safety camera strategy. A total of 93 commitments were made by this government in the four areas I just mentioned. Sixty-one of these commitments are complete and another 21 commitments are either well advanced or progressing well.

The implementation of these recommendations and the government’s commitment to road safety has helped us achieve a reduction in fatalities on ACT roads. In 2016 the number of deaths resulting from road crashes decreased by over 25 per cent, from 15 to 11, and the number of deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles in 2016 decreased by 32 per cent compared to 2015, from 0.37 down to 0.25.

I will briefly highlight some of the key road safety achievements for 2016. The government opened two learn-to-ride centres, one in March, in Tuggeranong, and one in June, in Belconnen. These centres are designed for children from preschool to year 4 and provide a fun environment where kids can learn all the basics of road safety, from how to safely cross the road through to independent and confident riding

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