Raise your voice to reduce road trauma

Tasmanians are invited to raise their voices for road safety by joining one of our upcoming public forums aimed at bringing down the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

36 people have died on Tasmanian roads in 2022 meaning this is expected to be our worst year for road deaths in more than a decade.

The Road Safety Advisory Council (RSAC) and Tasmania Police have been pleading with motorists all year to stay safe on the roads, but there are some people out there who just don’t seem to get the message.

The forums, to be held in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, will focus on how we can work together as a community to reduce road trauma.

RSAC Chair, Scott Tilyard said that the type of dangerous and reckless behaviour on our roads from some motorists has left authorities gobsmacked as well as being of great concern to responsible road users.

“It seems that some people just don’t get it and continue to engage in risky driving behaviour like speeding, both above the speed limit and driving too fast for the conditions, as well as driving after drinking or using drugs” Mr Tilyard said.

“There has been much work done over the last few decades to improve roads, enhance vehicle safety, implement safer speeds and improve driver behaviour through education, training, and compliance enforcement.

“All of these things have greatly improved the safety of our road network, but we’ve reached a point where it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve further reductions in serious crashes and Tasmania may have one of its worst road tolls in recent memory.

“With help from the community, we can continue to reduce the devastating toll, which is why we’re inviting Tasmanians to join one of our upcoming public forums and have their voices heard.

“The ideas presented at the forums will be considered as part of the mid-term review of the Towards Zero—Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026 and Towards Zero Action Plan 2020-2024 and will assist in determining where we increase our focus”, Mr Tilyard said.

Where and when:

Thursday, 25 August 2022
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Baha’i Centre of Learning, 1 Tasman Highway

Monday, 29 August 2022
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tramsheds Function Centre, 4 Invermay Road

Tuesday, 30 August 2022
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Burnie Art and Function Centre, 77-79 Wilmot Street

Register your interest by 18 August 2022 at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tasmanian-road-safety-forum-tickets-384315496997