NT takes action on road safety

Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Nicole Manison, said everyone deserves to live in a safe community, and that includes safety on our roads.

“Every person whose life is taken or impacted by road trauma belongs to a family, a community, a school group, a sporting group,” she said. “They are not a statistic, they are a mate, a teacher, a neighbour, a loved one.”

“Zero is the only acceptable number and that’s why we are working Towards Zero.

The Territory Labor Government has a new Road Safety Action Plan with strategy towards improving road safety.

“The Towards Zero Action Plan has been developed with input from communities across the NT, to ensure it’s meaningful for all Territorians, as well as key organisations such as Police, Fire and Emergency Services, St John’s Ambulance and other road user groups,” said Manison.

“The Plan identifies 11 key priority areas and actions relating to alcohol and drugs; seatbelts and child restraints; speed and driving to the conditions; roads and roadsides; safer vehicles; Aboriginal people; novice drivers; motorcyclists; pedestrians; visiting drivers; and cyclists.

“A key element of the Action Plan is the best-practice Safe System approach, which acknowledges that mistakes and poor driver behaviour can occur, so in addition to driving responsibly a safe system includes safe roads and roadsides, safe vehicles and safe speeds.

“This is a whole-of-community responsibility and I encourage all Territorians to get behind these actions and initiatives and strive Towards Zero,” she said.

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