The South Australian Government is developing a new strategy for the next ten years: South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031.
Aboriginal people comprise approximately 3% of South Australia’s population but are generally 2-3 times more likely to have a fatal injury and 30% more likely to have a serious injury than non-Aboriginal people. This over-representation extends across many public issues including involvement in road crashes.
In the context of road safety, barriers to attaining a driver’s licence and maintaining a licence due to high risk driver behaviour, road safety education, poorer road conditions, older vehicles, delayed access to medical services in remote areas, road hazards, and the need to travel longer distances on higher speed or unsealed roads may all contribute to reduced road safety outcomes.
Non-use of seat-belts and child restraints, overcrowding of vehicles and risky pedestrian behaviour have also been found to be higher among Aboriginal people.
We want your feedback to inform the Strategy to reduce lives lost and serious injuries for Aboriginal people on South Australian roads.
Continuing the ‘On the Right Track’ driver licensing and road safety program is one example of a road safety initiative that provides driving practice for learner drivers in remote communities and improves driver licensing outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Community consultation is now open
Every person in South Australia is a road user. Whether you drive, ride, are a pedestrian or a passenger, this is your opportunity to have your say about keeping you and your community safer on the roads.
Consultation closes 5pm Monday 2 November 2020.
The Department for Infrastructure and Transport want to better understand how you travel around your community, what you see as the goals for improving road safety over the next ten years and what you see as priority issues to be addressed in the Road Safety Strategy.
Have your say by completing the online survey at: www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/sa-road-safety-strategy.
For general enquiries, please email DIT.RoadSafety@sa.gov.au.