Reducing road accidents priority of Australasian Road Safety Conference

Reducing road accidents top priority of Australasian Road Safety ConferenceRoad accidents, trauma and major incidents will be the focal point of the 2021 Australasian Road Safety Conference this week, which will be held from 28 to 30 September.

The conference is an annual event, which is co-hosted by the Australasian College of Road Safety and Austroads.

This year’s theme will be “Towards Zero – A Fresh Approach” and will discuss the effect and potential prevention methods for road accidents, with support from the Transport Accident Commission and Victoria State Government Department of Transport.

The event will be conducted as a virtual conference with over 130 sessions symposium, and plenary sessions with around 600 delegates from all facets of road and transport safety including research, teaching, practice and policy from Australia, New Zealand, and worldwide.

The conference will cover five major topic areas aligned to the United Nation’s five Pillars of Road Safety: Road Safety Management; Road Infrastructure (Safer Roads); Safer Vehicles; Road User Behaviour; and Post-Crash Care, Data and Crash Analysis, as well as real world experiences.

ACRS CEO Dr Ingrid Johnston said that the event will promote increased momentum to reducing road deaths to zero.

“The vision of eliminating death and serious injury from our roads by 2050 is both essential and ambitious. The Australasian Road Safety Conference offers an excellent forum for sharing of quality research and programs that will help us reach vision zero,” Johnston said.

More than 1400 people are killed and 50,000 suffer major injuries across Australian and New Zealand roads each year.

Figures that Road Safety Victoria Executive Director Carl Muller said must be reduced.

“Road trauma continues to take a devastating toll on families each year. Coming together to harness insights from world-leading researchers and policy makers further fuels us to end road trauma as we work to deliver Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy,” Muller said.

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