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"Going for Zero" The SE Road Safety Strategy

Forgan, RM

Community

2008

?Going for Zero? is the working title of the first regional road safety strategy in South Australia. A title that matches the aspirational goal set by the South East (SE) community of achieving a fatality free year in the South East (aka Limestone Coast) by the end of 2010. The development of the strategy arose directly from the community?s concern about the level of trauma on their roads. With three out of four serious road casualties in the Limestone Coast suffered by local residents, a severe brake is applied on the development of our community transmitting a painful human cost for parents, children, friends, work colleagues and team mates. Community members rallied after a spate of fatalities and turned to their Councils for assistance and through the SE Local Government Association (SELGA) they had a way of engaging the wider SE community and working with State and Federal Governments to implement a Regional Road Safety Strategy. In February 2008, The Minister for Road Safety, the Hon Carmel Zollo MLC launched the Strategy announcing that funding under Community Road Safety Program would be made available over three years to support SELGA and the SE achieve their goal.