It was great to see a number of Queensland projects recognised with awards at yesterday’s Australian Road Safety Awards.
I am particularly proud of the role of my Department in partnering to develop and implement these projects.
The Emergency Vehicle Priority Project, which improves the safety and travel times of emergency services vehicles won two significant awards at yesterday’s ceremony.
Developed and delivered in partnership between the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Transmax and the Public Safety Business Agency, the project took home top honours at the Australian Road Safety Awards, winning both the State Government category and the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Emergency Vehicle Priority is a technology that automatically interrupts traffic signal operations to provide a green light signal to emergency response vehicles when safe to do so.
The rollout of this technology allows a quicker response time for Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service for priority incidents and helps create a safer road network for motorists and emergency services drivers.
Approximately 300 emergency vehicles and 800 locations throughout Townsville, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast are already fitted with the Emergency Vehicle Priority technology.
Toowoomba and Mackay are the next areas to have the technology enabled for emergency vehicles, with works beginning in 2016.
The technology improves the travel time of emergency vehicles, improve incidence clearance rates, minimise the impact of emergency vehicles on other road users and promote inter-agency collaboration.
A number of other Queensland-based projects were also winners at the Awards, including a collaboration between the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Moreton Bay Regional Council.
The Learn, Drive, Survive: Drives for Learners in the Moreton Bay Region booklet is a useful resource for parents and carers of learner drivers, which encourages them to gain experience driving in a variety of road conditions, using local roads.
During 2015 there were 53 road fatalities as a result of crashes involving young drivers, which represents 21.8 percent of the Queensland road toll.
With this in mind, it is important to provide young drivers with the basic skills and experiences to be safer on the roads once they start driving independently.
For more information, visit the Emergency Vehicle Priority project page or view the Australian Road Safety Award website.
I’d like to congratulate the officers involved in these projects for their commitment to working collaboratively with the community and industry to improve road safety in Queensland.