The newly formed Tasmania chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) expressed concern at the high number of road fatalities already in the state this year. According to data from the Australian Government Department Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics 38 people died on Tasmania roads in the 12 months up to February this year. That equals the highest number recorded in the past 10 years.
“If this continues, we will have horrific statistics by the end of 2022, we are going in the wrong direction, and this is totally unacceptable.” said Chair Jenny Branch-Allen. “Towards Zero further away instead of closer.”
The current Road Safety message from the Road Safety Council of Tasmania is clear that speed continues to be the single biggest cause of serious casualty crashes in Tasmania. As the message says “Over is over”.
There are many factors that contribute to road crashes, including conditions of roads and weather conditions but ultimately, we need to see Tasmania drivers, driving to the conditions.
Road Safety week is an important time to remember these messages.