Safer Roads, Safer Queensland
The Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum
The Queensland Government held the Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum on Friday 10 April 2015 at Parliament House. The forum was the first step in a holistic approach to improve safety on Queensland’s vast road network following the tragic loss of life on the road over the Easter 2015 long weekend.
Over the past 30 years, significant improvements have been made in Queensland’s road toll. The forum was an opportunity for the government to listen carefully to a wide range of excellent ideas on how to build on this positive trend into the future.
Experts attended from research institutions, road user groups, new car assessments, engineering and infrastructure groups, motoring and insurance organisations, local government, legal firms, the rail industry, driver trainers, unions and state government policy and law enforcement agencies. Each delegate was offered an opportunity to discuss their ideas with the government about the road safety issues facing Queensland and the actions that could be considered now and into the future to address these issues.
A steering committee of key stakeholders met after the forum to further consider the strategies and ideas that flowed from the forum, along with community feedback, and reported back to government.
On 20 May 2015, the government announced priority outcomes from the forum for immediate implementation, including:
- prioritising motorcycle safety for new and returning riders, including a television and social media campaign in June 2015
- motorcycle licensing reforms, such as pre-learner training courses, to be considered in consultation with stakeholders, industry partners and the community
- from September 2015, introducing double demerit points for 2 or more mobile phone offences committed within 1 year
- launching a youth road safety innovation challenge to engage with 16-21 year olds by brainstorming key issues and innovative solutions, as the first step in broader engagement with young people
- forming a Citizens’ Taskforce to report back to government about complex road safety issues, including ways to encourage safe driving
- addressing dangerous unregistered and unlicensed drivers who are over‑represented in crash statistics, with the Queensland Police Service investigating the expansion of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology in police vehicles
- expanding training for road policing officers to better detect and deter broader criminal activities, including enhanced drug driving operations across Queensland
- hosting a Queensland Road Safety Week in August 2015 in partnership with other stakeholders, to engage the community in important conversations about road safety.
When it comes to road safety, we all have a role to play. To see how you can get involved, and have your say about road safety, visit Join the Drive to Save Lives.
Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan 2015-17
The outcomes of the forum are also informing the preparation of the new road safety strategy and two-year action plan for 2015-17. These plans will be released mid-year.
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