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|Title||National View on Regional and Remote Road Safety|
|Authors||Wundersitz LN, Palamara P, Brameld K, Raftery SJ, Govorko M, Thompson JP|
|Abstract||Road crash fatality rates continue to be unacceptably higher in regional and remote areas than major cities. This report provides a comprehensive investigation of the causes of road crashes in regional and remote Australia and gives strategic guidance to identify the best approaches to eliminate harm on the road network in these areas.
The research suggests that, consistent with the Safe System approach, long term strategic perspectives are important, and jurisdictions should use network safety plans to determine how to allocate resources. Systemic change is integral and treatment options should support corridor safety plans that incorporate solutions beyond infrastructure alone and facilitate enforcement, quality rest stops, and alternative transport options. Other key Safe Systems solutions that show promise in regional and remote areas are: vehicle based speed management technologies and fleet speed/fatigue management policies; incentives and policies to accelerate proven safety and driver assist technologies into the driving fleet; alternative community transport services; and community led programs in remote areas that improve access to licensing and fit child restraints.
The report concludes with a series of recommendations and areas for further research that provide strategic directions and clear sustainable actions that are urgently needed to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on regional and remote roads.
|Notes||Available on Austroads website https://austroads.com.au/publications/road-safety/ap-r603-19|
|Wundersitz LN, Palamara P, Brameld K, Raftery SJ, Govorko M, Thompson JP (2019). National View on Regional and Remote Road Safety (AP-R603-19). Sydney: Austroads.|