Working towards a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
At the heart of Towards Zero is the belief that human health is paramount to all else. It acknowledges that, as people, we all make mistakes. However, when mistakes happen on our roads they can cost us our lives or cause serious injury. That's because our bodies aren't made to absorb the forces of high impact speeds. We are fragile, there's only so much physical force we can withstand and this is why we need to build a safer road system. Improving the safety of our roads, our speeds, our vehicles and our people will improve safety for everyone.
The move Towards Zero is a collaborative effort between everyone in the community. Together, we can build a safer road system and help change road safety for the better. Here's how.
Roads play a vital role in reducing crashes and minimising the severity of injuries if there is an accident. Intersections, head-on collisions and vehicles leaving the road are the three most common road accidents in Victoria. That's why an investment of $1 billion for the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is in place to fund initiatives such as roundabouts and wire rope barriers to improve safety on our roads.
Improving crashworthiness and the preventative capacity of vehicles helps to reduce road trauma on our roads. If everybody could be upgraded to the safest car in its class, road trauma would drop by a third overnight. Safe, well-designed vehicles can help in preventing crashes altogether or absorb some of the forces to the body to reduce the risk of injury or death.
Not all cars are created equal and some cars are safer than others. The next time you are in the market for a new or used car, check the safety rating and safety technologies of the vehicle before you buy at www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au.
Speed limit setting and compliance are important aspects in helping Victoria move Towards Zero. If speed limits are set appropriately and are complied with, this can enhance the effectiveness of initiatives implemented on our roads and help reduce road trauma.
Reducing road trauma is a shared responsibility and everyone has an important role to play. Deaths and serious injuries should not be viewed as inevitable. Together, with a safer road system, we can reach zero deaths and serious injuries on Victorian roads. While road safety is changing for the better, there are still many things we can do as a community to assist in keeping everyone safe. This includes our behaviour on the road. Abiding by the rules in place, sticking to limits, buying safe vehicles and setting a good example for others by promoting the Towards Zero message are all things that ensure everyone has a safe journey.