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Greens' Policy Recognises Road Safety

3.8.2010

Australia’s peak motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association, has welcomed today’s release of the Greens’ Road Safety Strategy, Towards Zero, as a valuable contribution to the road safety debate.

AAA Chief Executive, Mike Harris, said the Greens’ strategy embraced a number of nationally and internationally recognised programs that actively contributed to bringing down the levels of road crashes, fatalities and trauma.

“This is a strong document that lays out a number of activities that can lower the fatality rate and make roads safer for all Australian road users,” Mr Harris said.

“The focus on programs such as the innovative, Federally-funded learner driver program, keys2drive, the vehicle safety ratings program ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) and the road rating program AusRAP (Australian Road Assessment Program) will certainly develop safer drivers in safer cars on safer roads.

“While a zero fatality rate is not unlike seeking a zero unemployment rate – in that it is a hard target to aim for – it is important that we aspire towards completely eliminating road crash deaths and injuries through that combination of better drivers, cars and roads.

“The Greens’ support for these road safety programs and activities, including expanding the AusRAP program to all roads, will allow motorists to know how safe the roads are that they travel on – AusRAP is a vital component in the road safety equation and needs to be supported by the Commonwealth.

“We look forward to seeing the road safety policies of all parties and candidates in the lead up to the election – in a country as big as Australia, roads are vital and anything that makes them safer is a strong move forward for the community.”

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