Minister for Road Safety Provides Welcome Leadership
The national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), is encouraged by the creation of a dedicated portfolio with responsibility for road safety.
"Too many people continue to die or are seriously injured on Australia's roads so a Minister for Road Safety will provide important leadership," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
"I congratulate Catherine King on her promotion, she has been a hardworking advocate for road safety in the past and I look forward to continuing a strong and productive relationship on these matters," he said.
"With more than 1,300 people dying and 30,000 seriously injured on Australian roads each year it is clear that road safety needs to be a key government priority," he said.
"It is estimated that road crashes cost the Australian community about $27 billion a year, so it is essential that there is a targeted and effective strategy to reduce the economic and human cost of road trauma," Mr McKellar said.