Kimberley alliance quest to reduce road trauma
02 Aug 2017
The Road Safety Commission has welcomed the addition of Western Australia’s sixth Industry Road Safety Alliance to tackle road trauma in the Kimberley region.
The Kimberley Industry Road Safety Alliance, developed through the Road Safety Commission’s Partnerships program, has been launched by Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts in Broome.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron said the Alliance supports collaboration between government agencies, local industry and community groups tasked with addressing road safety risks in the region.
“The Alliance brings together local people who can provide first-hand accounts of the road safety issues that are unique to the Kimberley, then propose and implement solutions,” said Mr Cameron.
Whether it’s people not wearing seatbelts, vehicles running off the road or the roadworthiness of vehicles using the network, it’s important to promote road safety improvements that are relevant to the region.
KIRSA will refer to the four cornerstones of the State Government’s road safety strategy Towards Zero 2008-2020, Safe Road Users, Safe Roads and Roadsides, Safe Vehicles and Safe Speeds, to address those road safety risks particular to the Kimberley.
Between 2012 and 2016, the Kimberley region recorded a road death rate of 143.8 per 100,000 population, second only to the Wheatbelt region.
Also during that time period:
- 41% of fatal and serious injury crashes in the Kimberley were described as non-collision or run off road crashes;
- 22% of fatal and serious injury crashes involved a single vehicle hitting an object, such as a tree or building;
- and 17 people who were killed on Kimberley roads were not wearing seat belts.
The Kimberley Industry Road Safety Alliance will meet quarterly to propose, implement and report on projects specifically designed as road safety solutions for the Kimberley.