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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Human Behaviour -- Not Roads -- To Blame - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Human Behaviour -- Not Roads -- To Blame - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases: "The State Government says the RACT is seeking to over-simplify the factors behind the State’s road toll by reducing the debate to one about poor roads.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Bryan Green, said there was no single factor behind the tragedy of death and injury on the roads, but to ignore the human factor was to ignore the blindingly obvious.

“It is clear from any analysis of the 2005 statistics that speed, inattention and drink driving – either singly or in combination – continue to be dominant factors in most road crashes,” he said.

“In other words, if we could change these aspects of driver attitude and behaviour for the better, the road toll would drop dramatically.

“The State Government recognises its role in road safety and is investing $271 million over the next four years on the maintenance and upgrading of roads and bridges.

“All the spending in the world on roads will not eliminate the human factor, but in the wake of a road crash tragedy, it is perhaps understandable to blame an inanimate object such as a road.

“No matter how good our roads are now or are likely to be in the future, people still die or are injured in crashes on the best constructed four-lane highways.

“Engineering is only one of the ‘three Es’ of road safety. The others are Education and Enforcement, and these are aspects that we cannot afford to ignore.”"

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