Mike Stevens | May 31, 2010

The Victorian Government is set to host a road-safety roundtable tomorrow, where it will work with transport groups, safety experts, police and leaders in road trauma and youth affairs to consider new ways to tackle the state's road toll.

The Road Safety Roundtable is intended to help inform the development of a new action plan as part of the Victorian Government’s Arrive Alive Road Safety Strategy 2008-2017, which aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 30 percent before 2017.

Roads Minister Tim Pallas said the roundtable will focus on key areas of concern to the community, including young drivers, speed, alcohol and the impact of emerging technologies.

Last year, 290 people were killed and more than 7000 were seriously injured Victorian roads.

“Death and serious injury on our roads is never acceptable. This year alone 133 people have been killed – 15 more than at the same time last year," Mr Pallas said.

“It is very important for Government to continue to engage with the community, discuss and consider new ways to improve road safety. This roundtable is a great way to do that.

Mr Pallas said that while not all of the proposals raised and discussed at the roundtable will make their way into government policy, it is important that all ideas are on the table.

The range of new ideas and measures to be discussed include:

  • Tougher laws for drivers under 25 years, including curfew restrictions, a reduction in the demerit point threshold, and stricter mobile phone laws
  • Further development and introduction of Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) to forcibly slow down repeat speeding offenders
  • Stronger vehicle impoundment sanctions, including for repeat drink and drug drivers
  • Wider use of mandatory alcohol interlock devices

“Some of these ideas being discussed may never come to fruition, but others may one day have a great impact on road safety," Mr Pallas said.

"This presents a perfect opportunity to create a new dialogue between the range of individuals and organisations engaged in keeping our roads safe."

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