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Road safety strategy and action plans

Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-21

The Queensland Government is committed to reducing the burden of road trauma on our communities. Nothing is more important than the safety of the people who travel on the state’s vast road network.

Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-2021 marks the first time a Queensland government has committed to a vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries. While this is an ambitious concept, it is supported by informed targets. In Queensland, we will aim to:

  • reduce fatalities from 303 (average 2008-2010) to 200 or fewer by 2020
  • reduce hospitalised casualties from 6,670 (average 2008-2010) to 4,669 or fewer by 2020.

Under this strategy, 4 guiding principles will be adopted:

  1. The true road toll is broader than fatalities - We will expand our understanding of the ‘road toll’ to all fatal and hospitalised casualties.
  2. We need an ambitious vision with interim targets to inspire and motivate action - We will adopt an ambitious long-term vision, supported by interim targets.
  3. Safe system principles are the foundation for action - We will entrench the mindset that the whole system must be safe at every level of road safety management, and develop solutions based on evidence and innovation.
  4. Road safety is everyone’s issue and everyone’s responsibility - We will drive a fundamental change in the culture and attitude to road safety.

Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Action Plan 2015-17

Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Action Plan 2015–17 is the first in a series to be launched under the new strategy. It will help implement the steps we need to take to begin achieving the long term goals outlined in the strategy.

The action plan includes 57 initiatives totalling more than $500 million to be implemented over the next 2 financial years. Action will be taken in the key areas of education and engagement, enforcement, technology, roads and roadside infrastructure, research, data and innovation, and governance and strategy. This investment includes Safer Roads Sooner, Safety Mass Actions, treating emerging crash locations, federal Black Spot projects and targeted motorway treatments.

Consultation with members of the Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum, along with community members, local and international research and the National Road Safety Strategy, informed the preparation of both the Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-21 and Action Plan 2015-17 and discuss implementation.

Delivering Heavy Vehicle Safety Solutions Together: Queensland's Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan 2016–18

The Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan 2016–18 presents 31 initiatives across 6 key action areas. These initiatives aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in crashes involving heavy vehicles. The Action Plan will be delivered by the Queensland Government in partnership with the the heavy vehicle industry over the next 2 years.

The Queensland Speed Conversation

Following the vision and guiding principles of Safer Roads, Safe Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-2021, the Queensland Speed Conversation is our plan for engaging with the public and delivering projects to improve speed and road safety in Queensland. It recognises and seeks to promote the major role speed plays in all road crashes, the responsibility the community as a whole has for reducing road trauma, and specific actions we are taking to resolve the speed problem in the state.

Research shows that there are many Queensland motorists who do the right thing and travel at safe speeds. However, it is also shown that many other motorists continue to speed, especially by small amounts over the speed limit.

The dangers of speeding are not always well understood. We believe that when motorists understand how dangerous all speeding really is, they will choose to travel at speeds that keep themselves and their communities safe on the road.

This document is our commitment to engaging with the public about road and speed safety by:

  • using facts and myth-busting to empower people to make safe driving decisions based on the realities of speed
  • providing tools to governments, peak bodies, community groups and individuals to facilitate conversations about road and speed safety
  • running and partnering in local events to encourage exchange of ideas about and generate solutions to local road and speed safety issues
  • creating a central portal where people can ask questions, source information, check for upcoming events, be inspired by the outcomes of other successful conversations, and share their own stories.

All Queenslanders are responsible for safety on roads and are therefore potential participants in conversations about speed and road safety:

  • Advocates can talk to others about why they choose safe speeds.
  • Local governments can ask communities about what speeds they want for keeping kids safe around local roads.
  • TMR can work on providing tools and information to facilitate conversations at organised events and at home.
  • Everyone can work with each other, local community groups and government representatives to identify root causes of, and solutions to, locationally-specific road and speed safety problems.

But–a conversation is two-way. We ask Queenslanders to meet the challenge of being open to changing the way we look at speed and keep each other safe on our roads.

This document also commits 21 specific actions which will improve speed management and safety, in parallel with community engagement and conversations.

Last updated
11 May 2017