EMRC Regional Road Safety Report Card reveals impressive reduction in road crash fatalities and injuries

Published on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 8:29:29 AM

An encouraging decrease in the number of road crashes causing deaths or serious injuries in Perth’s Eastern Region has been welcomed by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC).

Data in the EMRC’s newly-updated Regional Road Safety Report Card (RRSRC) summarises information from Main Roads WA’s Crash Analysis Reporting System to identify and measure the effects of crashes in Perth’s Eastern Region. The Card details the number of ‘killed or seriously injured’ crashes, the types of vehicles involved, crash types, road features involved and a map highlighting the crash hotspots in the region.

It reveals that in the four-year period 2011-2015, there were 107 road crash fatalities in Perth’s Eastern Region. In 2013 -2017, this figure decreased to 84.  In the period 2015-2019 it fell further, to 69 fatalities.

EMRC Chief Sustainability Officer Wendy Harris said, ‘Improving road safety for all road users across our region is a priority and to understand whether road safety improvements are working it is essential we continuously review road crash data.

‘The Regional Road Safety Report Card is one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the EMRC to support the development of a safe, efficient and effective transport system that supports and enhances the region’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing.

‘At the EMRC we strongly believe “what can be measured can be managed”. Information on the quantity and nature of crashes in the region provide our member Councils and other stakeholders with useful data to implement suitable safety measures in their areas.’

In 2020, the EMRC released a Regional Road Safety Plan, which supports, assists and advocates for the development of a fatality and serious injury free road network in Perth’s Eastern Region. The plan identifies safety risks for action through awareness raising, advocating for improvements to roads and roadsides and supporting local government submissions to the state and federal Government’s Black Spot Programs. The Regional Road Safety Report Card provides a detailed update on the positive effects of the Regional Road Safety Plan.

The Plan was developed in consultation with the EMRC’s Regional Integrated Transport Strategy Implementation Advisory Group. This group represents a broad section of the Western Australian transport authorities including the EMRC and its member Councils, the Department of Transport, Main Roads Western Australia, Public Transport Authority, Department of Planning, Perth Airport, Westcycle, Western Australian Road Transport Association, Road Safety Commission, the RAC, and the Western Australian Local Government Association. 

Ms Harris continued, ‘With so many relevant agencies involved, the EMRC is strongly supportive of the need to support community understanding and participation in effective road safety initiatives. Meanwhile, the effects of road trauma continue to cost the community considerably, both socially and financially.’

The newly-updated EMRC Regional Road Safety Report Card is available for download here.

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