The Peak Downs Tragedy
In the five years to the end of 2009, 243 people have been injured in road crashes on the Peak Downs Highway between Clermont and Mackay. 14 people lost their lives and 71 were hospitalised. This level of death and injury is unacceptable.
The Global and Australian Road Death Epidemic
33,900 people were killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Australia in 2010. That is an average of four people killed and 90 people seriously injured every day. Worldwide 3,500 people are killed and 100,000 seriously injured every day on our roads. Road crashes are the biggest killer of 10-24 year olds.
In recognising the scale of this global epidemic, the United Nations has declared 2011-2020 the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Australia is a signatory to the resolution and has a responsibility to take significant action within Australia, and contribute to improvement throughout the Asia Pacific Region and the world.
The Mackay Road Accident Action Group
The Mackay Road Accident Action Group (RAAG) is a group of individuals from state government, industry, community, and local government who by taking a holistic approach across the community in dealing with causal factors relating to road incidents have successfully developed and implemented programs which have been effective in reducing incidents of road trauma.
33900: The Australian Road Safety Collaboration
33900: The Australian Road Safety Collaboration (www.33900.org.au) has been established to bring together road safety stakeholders in the non-government sector in Australia that are committed to making sure it is a Decade of Action in Australia. The group has identified experts and interest groups across all five pillars of action identified by the United Nations: Road Safety Management, Safer Roads and Mobility, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Users and Post-crash response.
The Peak Downs Showcase
With coordinated and accelerated action across the Peak Downs Highway we can respond before the growth in traffic and economic activity on the road lead to unprecedented death and injury.
We can treat death and injury as avoidable, not inevitable.
We can bring together the key players who already know what to do, remove any constraints for action and apply proven treatments on a scale that will make a difference. We will save lives. Local experts, local energy, local action, national and global support.
We can take the Peak Downs Highway from ticking time bomb to showcase.
The Peak Downs Highway: Decade of Action for Road Safety
Lead by the Mackay Road Accident Action Group a one day workshop will be held in Mackay that will bring together local experts and agencies together with “33900” experts in each pillar of action. The groups will focus on the development of a joint action plan across all five pillars to create a Decade of Action for Road Safety Plan for the Peak Downs Highway that will at least halve the death and injury on the road. The event will be linked to state-wide events occurring in May to shine the spotlight on to the Queensland Road Safety Problem and need for action.
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Peak Downs Highway: Decade of Action for Road Safety Supporters
Our thanks go to all of the participants in the Peak Downs Highway Day of Action that will lead to a Decade of Action for Road Safety. Many have donated their time and expertise as we unite to save lives.
In particular we would like to thanks the event sponsors who have helped make it possible: