Tasmanian and Australian road safety strategies

The Tasmanian Government is rolling out a 10 year road safety plan to curb fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.

Fatalities and serious injuries on Tasmania’s road are still at a significantly high level, with the State Government in the midst of a 10 year road safety strategy designed to reduce casualty numbers.

Tasmania’s 10 year average for fatalities is 35.9 per calendar year, with an average of 270.8 serious injuries.

In 2017, there were 35 fatalities, down from 36 in 2016, and 268 serious injuries, down from 282, on the state’s roads.

As a result of the dire statistics, the Tasmanian Government’s Towards Zero - Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026 is aiming to reduce the combined number of serious injuries and deaths on Tasmanian roads to fewer than 200 per year by 2026.

The Government is hoping to achieve this through the promotion of safer vehicles, improvements to driver licensing for young drivers and increased safety features as part of our standard road design.

The strategy will focus on the four Safe System pillars being:

Safe ROAD users - encouraging safe behaviour through education and enforcement, improving the Graduated Licensing System and safety initiatives for motorcyclists

Safe ROADS and roadsides – reduce run-off road, head-on and intersection crashes through designing and maintaining roads to reduce the risk and severity of crashes.

Safe SPEEDS – establishing speed limits that are more appropriate to the safety features of individual roads and also increasing enforcement through technology to reduce speed-related casualty crashes

Safe VEHICLES – designing vehicles that protect occupants, lessen the likelihood of crashes through improving the star rating to include vehicles with better safety features. Increasing the number of motorcyclists with ABS

Additionally, a separate report from​​​ the Australian Automobile Association, which undertook benchmarking of each state’s compliance with the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, revealed more recent Tasmanian figures.

It found that in the 12 months to March, 43 people died on Tasmanian roads, up from 31 the previous year.

This 38.7% increase saw Tasmania sit above the NRSS target for road crash fatalities, which is a reduction of 30% of fatalities and serious injuries by 2020. There has been a 6.1% reduction in the annual road toll since 2011.

The AAA report also found that there were 1222 fatalities across Australia last financial year, down from 1241 the previous financial year​​.

Tasmania recorded 35 fatalities last financial year, up from​ 31 in 2016-17. New South Wales leads the pack with 388 ​​fatalities, ahead of Queensland on 247, Victoria on 239, Western Australia on 165​​​, South Australia on 99,​​ Northern Territory on 42​ and the ACT on seven.​