Minister for Police Lisa Neville today opened the Towards Zero Road Safety Conference 2017 bringing together Victoria’s Highway Patrol workforce to focus on improving safety on our roads and reducing road trauma.
In Victoria someone is killed or suffers serious injuries as a result of road trauma every two hours. It is this harm that has led to the Towards Zero Road Safety strategy and will be the focus of the conference.
The Victorian Government has committed $1.1 billion over five years for the Towards Zero Strategy, which seeks to deliver safer roads, safer drivers and safer vehicles.
One of the key factors in keeping people safe on our roads is the age and safety features of a car. Today Ms Neville and Victoria Police revealed the second generation Guardian Highway Patrol vehicle which will again be used to highlight to the community the importance of safety features.
The Mercedes Benz E43 AMG is a semi-autonomous vehicle with improved safety features including attention-assist driver-fatigue detection system, active bonnet pedestrian safety and 360-degree surround view camera.
The new model will replace the GLE63, which was used as an operational Highway Patrol vehicle across all policing divisions while on loan for 12 months. The Guardian was displayed at more than 50 community events, giving Highway Patrol officers the chance to promote the importance of modern motor vehicle safety features.
One of the other key factors in reducing harm on our roads is getting dangerous drivers off the road.
The government has provided additional funding for more drug testing of drivers which will see 100,000 drug tests conducted on our roads.
In addition the government has provided funding for every Highway Patrol car to be fitted with auto number plate recognition technology to ensure those people who are unlicensed, have interlock requirements, and those with unregistered cars are captured and taken off the road.
Learn more about Towards Zero.