THE HON CATHERINE KING MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
11 July 2011
The Australian Government has launched the DVD Being Safe, Not Sorry in conjunction with the National Road Safety Council today, focusing on practical initiatives to improve road safety for Indigenous Australians.
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Catherine King, said the DVD highlights a critically important issue for Australia.
‘Indigenous Australians are around three times more likely to die in road crashes and about 1.5 times more likely to be injured than other Australians.
‘The DVD highlights key safety concerns for Indigenous people, including unlicensed driving, overcrowding of vehicles, driving intoxicated and not wearing seatbelts,’ Ms King said.
‘This DVD emphasises the trauma and grief felt by the families and communities of victims of road crashes. It also showcases grassroots safety initiatives created to reduce road crashes among Indigenous Australians.
‘The community safety initiatives show the tenacity and creativity of Australians in dealing with the serious issue of road safety.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said Indigenous road safety is a serious concern in the bush.
‘In remote areas it’s difficult to access licensing services and support systems such as driver education programs. So, issues like unlicensed driving, alcohol consumption by drivers and pedestrians, low rates of seatbelt usage and overcrowding are not uncommon.
‘I hope this DVD provides some inspiration for communities around Australia to find new and imaginative ways to tackle Indigenous road safety,’ Mr Snowdon said.
Programs that combine practical and theoretical driving knowledge are often run in partnerships involving community groups, local governments and police forces. Local programs provide local solutions to the challenging driving conditions in remote areas.
The video can be downloaded from the Department’s website: www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/index.aspx.
Parliamentary Secretary’s office 02 62774230
Mr Snowdon’s office 02 6277 7820