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Report calls for stronger leadership on road safety

The RACT has welcomed the release of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20 enquiry report.

RACT Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott said the report recommended strong leadership to address the hidden epidemic of road trauma, including its impact on the health system.

“The RACT wholeheartedly supports this recommendation,” she said.

“The impact of road trauma is felt long-term across families and communities and heavily impacts our health system.”

Ms Pennicott said the AAA Benchmarking Report highlighted that in the 2017-18 financial year, 35 people died on Tasmanian roads, compared to 31 deaths in 2016-17, an increase of 12.9 per cent on the previous year.

“When compared to the rest of the country, Tasmania’s annual road deaths are at 6.67 per 100,000 people, second only to the Northern Territory at 17.02 per 100,000 people,” Ms Pennicott said.

“Disappointingly, Tasmania is not currently on target to achieve either the National Road Safety Strategy target for reduction in fatalities or the targeted reductions in serious injuries.”

To read the full report, click here.

For more details on the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20, click here.