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Journeys : Dec 2012 Jan 2013
B etween 2007 and 2011 in Tasmania, nearly 14% of vehicle occupants involved in a serious casualty crash were not wearing a seat belt or restraint, according to figures from the regulator, DIER. In the Annual Report: Deaths of Children and Young People, Queensland, 2010-11 where an interstate comparison of national child death statistics including jurisdictions QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and Tasm ania was undertaken, it was found that Tasmania had the highest rate of death from transport (rate of 7.6 per 100,000). In its 2010 Annual Report, the Tasmanian Council of Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity stated that motor vehicle accident was still the type of injury that led to the highest number of paediatric deaths in Tasmania in that year. The Council w rites: "Paediatric death associated with road trauma continues to be highlighted. Road and traffic safety need to continue to be improved to help prevent such unnecessary deaths in Tasmania. Enforcement of appropriate use of restraints such as wearing of seatbelts needs to be strengthened in view of cases reported to have been unrestrained passengers in motor vehicle accidents." Very recently, I was personally quite shocked to discover the fir m belief held by a young person that as long as everyone had a seat belt 'around them' it was quite safe to put four youngsters across the back seat of a small hatchback. Even more shocking was the serious consideration given by the passengers to relocate one of their number into the luggage compartment/hatch area! We simply cannot assume that everyone knows the r ules. This is certainly the case with child restraints, where regulations were changed recently, leaving a number of parents and guardians unsure or un aware of what's legal, and what isn't. You can find out more about child restraint laws in Tasmania on the R ACT website. As part of the commitment to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, R ACT is going to focus advocacy and education efforts in Tasmania on trying to reduce the incidence of seat belt and child restraint-related serious casualties, over coming years. So...watch this space! Together, we can reduce the risk for our young people. ONLINE RESOURCES The Council's 2010 Report can be read in full online at http://bit.ly/COPPMReport2010 More about how RACT can help you with child restraints www.ract.com.au/Pages/Child-restraints.aspx The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 www.who.int/roadsafety/en/ Federal Minister kicks off active transport discussion A new discussion paper recommends "...a cooperative approach, with all levels of gover nment working together with industry and the community to reshape our cities and encourage healthy lifestyles". Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport sets out proposals to encourage more Australians to "use greener, healthier ways of getting around." "The fact is, eight out of every ten commuting trips are still undertaken by car," says Federal Infrastr ucture and Transport Minister the Hon Anthony Albanese MP. "What's more, obesity has now overtaken smoking as the greatest cause of preventable disease in our country. "Getting more people walking and cycling, particularly within 20 minutes of transport nodes and economic and educational hubs, as well as catching public transport, will not only ease congestion on our roads and improve air quality, but also lead to better public health outcomes," he says. A copy of Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport can be dow nloaded from www.infrastructure.gov.au/activetransport and the consultation period will run until 31 January 2013. Tell us what you think about these concepts at the RACT Blog http://www.ract.com.au/blog Together, let's reduce restraint risk -- wear them! Vince Taskunas Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport DRAF T REPORT FOR DISCUSSION -- OCTOBER 2012 December 2012 / January 2013 7 In our community
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