RACS wishes to highlight recommendations from the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which took place in Stockholm and led to a UN General Assembly Resolution on improving global road safety (August 2020). Two recommendations are particularly relevant to the safety of the most vulnerable road user, the pedestrian. Adoption of these in Australia would greatly improve the safety of vulnerable road users while contributing more broadly to the UN Sustainable development Goals.
Inclusion of road safety and a safe system approach as an integral element of land use, street design, transport system planning and governance, especially for vulnerable road users and in urban areas. This could be achieved by strengthening institutional capacity with regard to road safety laws and law enforcement, vehicle safety, infrastructure improvements, public transport, post-crash care, and data.
A greater focus on speed management, including the strengthening of law enforcement to prevent speeding and mandating a maximum road travel speed of 30 km/h in areas where vulnerable road users and vehicles mix in a frequent and planned manner, unless strong evidence exists that higher speeds are safe. It is noted that, noting that efforts to reduce speed in general will have a beneficial impact on air quality and climate change as well as being vital to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.
RACS recommends that high priority be given to the following initiatives in the assessment of measures to eliminate road crash fatalities and serious injuries.
- Data enhancement and application
- Event data recording
- ANZ Trauma Registry
- Verified trauma system
- Enhanced safety features
- Safe speed limits
- Point-to-point speed enforcement
- Child safety good practice guide
- Safe roads
- Regional roads
- Metropolitan roads
- Targets and accountability