Heading towards zero

Article image - Heading towards zero (L-R): Dr. Bruce Corben from Corben Consulting, Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb, Victoria’s Police Assistant Commissioner of Road Policing Doug Fryer, Nigel McGuire White from Victoria Police, Director of the new Safe System Infrastructure Program Bryan Sherritt and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Traffic & Road Safety Strategist Doug Bradbrook at a recent council meeting.

Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria has plans to become a national leader on road safety.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said an important part of the Shire’s responsibility as a road authority is to provide a safe road network.

“We are glad to be working in collaboration with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), VicRoads and Victoria Police on the Towards Zero initiative to reduce road trauma on the Peninsula.

“So far in 2017 we are extremely happy to say there have been zero fatalities on our roads.

“We will continually advocate to the state government to help improve our roads to ensure our community members and tourists have safe and relaxed driving experience when driving around the peninsula.

“Of course, I strongly encourage visitors who haven’t been here before to leave that little bit early to take the scenic route around the peninsula so you can truly appreciate our beautiful landscapes and coastline.”

Being a Towards Zero municipality, the Shire aims to create a safe system including safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use.

Since becoming a Towards Zero Municipality in April 2016, numerous proposals have been developed to reduce road trauma on the Shire’s roads including: introducing traffic-calming measures in local streets; speed management in areas with high volumes of cyclists and pedestrians; treating high risk local rural roads and intersections; ensuring the vehicles in their fleets carry five-star safety ratings; promoting the goals of Towards Zero in their communications to residents; and applying for grants to the State Government’s Safe System Infrastructure Program to implement safe system treatments.

In August this year, Bruce Corben from road safety specialists Corben Consulting, will be heading to the 9th International Conference on Urban Traffic Safety Committee in Canada to discuss the Shire’s Towards Zero initiative with a global audience.