Minister for Road Safety, Mark Bailey, released the Queensland government’s new Road Safety Strategy and 2015-17 Action Plan today.
The plan aims to reduce the road fatalities below 200 by 2020, more than a quarter the 2011-2014 four-year average.
While road fatalities dropped from 317 to 223 between 2000 and 2014, serious casualties have increased more than 30% to 6835 cases.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s action plan targets Queensland’s road toll and aims to drastically reduce the number of crash deaths and serious injuries on the state’s roads,” Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $500 million over two years for important road safety programs to fund the implementation of the 57 initiatives in the action plan.”
Key initiatives include increasing the severity of fines, enforcing more stringent requirements for obtaining licences, as well as building infrastructure to facilitate greater visibility on roads.
The plan hopes to spend $10 million to improve infrastructure safety for cyclists and $27 million over two years for the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
The Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum meeting today at Queensland Parliament House will also consider the introduction of double demerits for drivers caught speeding in school zones.
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