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Zero WA road deaths by 2050: National Road Safety Week 2020

15 Nov 2020

The McGowan Government has set an ambitious target to reduce road fatalities and severe injuries to zero by 2050.

The new target is included in Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020 – 2030, released at today’s WA launch of National Road Safety Week 2020.
Driving Change is the framework to guide WA’s road safety journey over the next decade, to reduce the number of people fatally, severely or seriously injured by 50 to 70% by 2030.
Developed after extensive community and stakeholder consultation by the Road Safety Commission, Driving Change replaces the State’s current road safety strategy Towards Zero 2008 – 2020.
The Minister for Road Safety Michelle Roberts, Road Safety Commissioner Adrian Warner and Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron marked the start of National Road Safety Week in front of an image of a road safety sign first used on Barracks Arch in 1933 – calling for drivers to “Take it easy – Speed Kills.”
“We need bold leadership to reduce and eliminate road trauma in our State,” said Mrs Roberts
“We can reach our ambitious target of a 50 to 70% reduction by 2030 by doing more of what works, embracing new technologies and engaging with stakeholders and community.
“By participating in a National Road Safety Week event, it is the first step in your journey to drive change in your family and community to reduce our ambitious target.”
Mr Warner said the purpose and role of the Road Safety Commission is to reduce road trauma in Western Australia.
“We can do this through evidence-based policy and legislation, collaboration with stakeholders and community, and community engagement and education, said Mr Warner.
“We are a small agency with a huge responsibility – but we accept the challenge to build partnerships and drive the change.
“It is time for the Commission to act as we strive to reach the ambitious target set by the State Government - zero deaths or severe injuries by 2050.”
The Road Safety Commission has developed a timeline of National Road Safety Week events to get the community involved including the inaugural Thank a School Traffic Warden Day and Host a National Road Safety Week Morning Tea.
For a copy of Driving Change – Road Safety Strategy for Western Australia 2020 – 2030 and for more information on National Road Safety Week 2020, visit the Road Safety Commission website