Trucksafe manager joins group to reduce road toll

Trucksafe manager joins Road Safety Collaboration Group and says "we can make a difference" on road safety

September 5, 2011

The Australian Trucking Association's TruckSafe manager, Justin Fleming, will act as the industry’s representative on a new safety body established to stem a rising road toll among young people.

Fleming has been invited to join the 33,900: The Australian Road Safety Collaboration group, which will focus on people aged 10 to 24.

Road crashes are the number one cause of deaths for the age group, with 33,900 representing the number of Australians killed or seriously injured in crashes in 2010.

The collaboration is part of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and will focus on creating awareness, assisting road safety agencies and will support road safety activities.

The group is made up of representatives from the areas of road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users and post-crash response.

Fleming says the road safety group has identified gaps in the national road safety strategy to work on.

"As a group, we have a huge pool of experience and knowledge to help set a clear direction and achieve safer roads. We can make a difference," he says.

The ATA says while the number of fatalities involving heavy vehicles has steadily decreased, the number of accidents involving other vehicles remains unacceptably high.

Fleming says the trucking industry is working hard to educate motorists, particularly young drivers, on how to share the road safely with trucks.

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