New Vision Zero and Safe System Fact Sheets

Posted on: Thursday, 17 January 2019 at 12:00:00 AM

WALGA's RoadWise has developed two new resources, fact sheets focusing on vision zero and the safe system approach.

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Vision Zero

Vision zero was first adopted by Sweden in 1997 when the Swedish parliament passed a Road Traffic Safety Bill that wrote vision zero into law. The Bill sets a definitive objective of no deaths or serious injuries on Sweden’s roads. (Swedish Ministry of Transport and Communications, 1997).

Vision zero is a different way of thinking about road safety and road crashes. The basis of the Swedish philosophy that there can be no moral justification for anyone dying or being seriously injured just for using the road network.

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The Safe System Approach

Traditionally, transport systems are designed for maximum capacity and mobility - not safety! The responsibility for safe driving is placed on the shoulders of the road users, not on the design of the traffic system.
 
The safe system approach takes the opposite approach by focusing on the design and management of our traffic systems. It acknowledges that people are fallible and can make mistakes that can lead to crashes. A safe system accommodates human error and the vulnerability of the human body.

The fact sheets can be downloaded from the WALGA RoadWise website at https://www.roadwise.asn.au/onlineform/.  

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