TAC announced there were more drug tests on roads this year for achieving the aim of Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy and Plan in Victoria.
Jodi Gubana is a staff from Transport Accident Commission (TAC) internal communications team said drug driving was a serious problem as the majority of serious injury and fatal crashes were occurring on our high-speed road network (above 80km/h zones).
“Drug testing is conducted all over Victoria, however a focus on highways would largely be due to heavy vehicles,” Gubana said.
According to drug driving statistics, there are about 18 per cent of drivers and motorcyclists killed in 2015, and tested positive to THC, the active component of cannabis.
Figures from “TAC Statistics” which update annually and count the number and trend of people who lost lives and injuries on roads.
291 people lost their lives and 6,683 people were injured in 2006, which showed an increase trend compared with 2015.
Gubana said the goal of TAC was to reduce the level of lives lost to under 200 by 2020.
Ben Taranto is a visual artist, said speeding was outweighed the drug tests causing the accidents.
“I think it will help, because people become aware that is happening, think I won’t drink and or take many drugs when we take the model and definitely not drive if we do that,” Taranto said.
“It makes people aware to stop, is a way to control.”
The Victoria government put forwards the project for reducing 20 per cent in death and 15 per cent in serious injuries in these five years.
“One of the key ways that we will achieve a reduction in this number of lives lost is through improvement to safety of our regional network, with installation of flexible safety barriers to prevent head in and run off road crashes,” Gubana said.
“I think is does reducing, it makes people accountable, makes people aware, encourage your friends and family,” Taranto said.
Gubana said Towards Zero was the vision for a future where no one was killed or seriously injured on road.
“We all have a right to use the road network without threat our lives or health, and it takes a combined effort to do that,” Gubana said.
“We all have a role to play in making our roads safer, and that is wat our campaigns seek to remind people of.”
‘Drug driving statistics’: https://www.towardszero.vic.gov.au/campaign/drug-driving
‘Towards Zero’: https://www.towardszero.vic.gov.au/
‘Transport Accident Commission’: https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/
‘Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy and Plan’: https://www.towardszero.vic.gov.au/what-is-towards-zero/road-safety-action-plan