How can we better protect all road users?
Posted on: Thursday, 4 July 2019 at 12:00:00 AM
When considering these questions, consider the following road safety fast facts for WA:
- Seven out of ten (70%) of all serious crashes on WA roads involve people making a simple mistake, a lapse in concentration, inattention, distraction or being tired – not risk-taking behavior.
- People travelling in vehicles are increasingly safer in urban areas, while people walking and riding are at greater risk.
- On country roads in WA, single vehicles leaving the side of the road is the most common and most severe crash type.
- In WA between the years of 2008-2017, 1810 people were killed and another 23,564 people were seriously injured as a result of road trauma.
- Approximately 39% of WA road fatalities and 65% of serious injuries occur on metropolitan roads. Most crashes occur at intersections and involve drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
- In regional areas, single vehicles running off the road and head on crashes are the most common crash types. Approximately 61% of road fatalities and 35% of serious injuries occur on regional roads.
- If you are involved in a head-on crash, your risk of death and serious injury escalates if you are travelling at more than 70km/hr.
- If you are involved in a side impact crash, your chance of surviving death and serious injury is low if you are travelling at more than 50km/hr.
- If you are involved in a crash with a pedestrian, they are unlikely to survive death or serious injury if you are travelling at more than 30km/hr.
- If we continue with our current road safety efforts, it is estimated that 1623 people will die and a further 15,955 people will be seriously injured on our roads between 2020 and 2030.
How can we better protect road users and prevent crashes that result in death and serious injury? What changes are you willing to support to help make our roads safe? How can the system be changed to better protect all road users?
Visit https://imaginezero.rsc.wa.gov.au/ to read the consultation paper and find out how you can have your say on the future of road safety in Western Australia.
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