Objective 3Road safety improvement programs
- Targeted Road Safety Program
- Flashing light program
- Community Road Safety Grant Scheme
- School crossing supervisors
- Camera Detected Offence Program
Targeted Road Safety Program
The Targeted Road Safety Program (TRSP) aims to improve safety outcomes for road users and reduce the impacts of road trauma through high-benefit road safety infrastructure interventions and other safety initiatives.
Funding is primarily sourced from the state government (including the Camera Detected Offence Program revenue) and the federal government's Black Spot Programme (see glossary). The department delivered over $300 million in TRSP projects over the two-year period of 2015–16 and 2016–17.
In 2016–17, $169.5 million was expended on projects under the TRSP.
Flashing light program
During the year, TMR continued to implement a program to install flashing school zone signs at risk-assessed school zones. Flashing school zone signs are designed to attract the attention of motorists and prevent speeding around schools.
As at 30 June 2017, the department has successfully installed flashing school zone signs in another 100 Queensland school zones. Since the program began, the department has installed flashing school zone signs at 744 Queensland school zones.
Due to its success, the state government extended the flashing school zone signs program (see glossary). The program extension will enable the department to install signs at a further 300 school zones from 2018–19 to 2020–21. Sites continue to be selected based on a number of criteria including a detailed risk analysis of school zones, and nominations by schools and communities based on local knowledge of particular problem areas through their local Members of Parliament.
Community Road Safety Grant Scheme
The state government recognises the important role communities play in finding solutions to local road safety problems. To date more than $12 million has been allocated to community groups for 241 initiatives including bicycle education for primary students, pedestrian and motorcycle safety and also Road Safety Education and Learner Driver Mentor Programs.
The 2017 Community Road Safety Grant funding round closed on 26 May 2017, with 91 applications received on the new online application portal.
School crossing supervisors
The state government approved a significant boost to the School Crossing Supervisor Scheme (SCSS) with 25 new school crossing supervisors employed per year over the financial years 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18.
The SCSS enhances safety for primary school students in the school traffic area by ensuring supervisors are in place to assist with crossing the road.
As at the end of March 2017, there were 678 schools in the scheme and TMR provided funding of 1205 crossings and 1925 School Crossing Supervisors.
Camera Detected Offence Program
The Camera Detected Offence Program (CDOP) (see glossary) is an important component to improving road safety by reducing vehicle travel speeds on Queensland roads. TMR and the Queensland Police Service work cooperatively to manage the CDOP to ensure the best road safety outcomes for all road users.
The CDOP consists of mobile speed cameras, fixed speed cameras, red light cameras, combined red light/speed cameras, point to point speed camera systems and trailer-mounted speed cameras. During 2016–17, five new red light/speed cameras and two new point to point speed camera systems were installed at the highest risk locations across the state.
An evaluation of the program by Monash University Accident Research Centre estimated that the CDOP was associated with saving nearly 3900 police reported crashes each year between 2012 and 2015, along with savings to the community of approximately $1.6 billion.
In 2016–17, there were 253 fatalities as a result of crashes in Queensland, nine (3.7 per cent) greater than the previous year and four (1.4 per cent) fewer fatalities than the previous five year average. The 2016–17 road fatality rate for Queensland was 5.18 per 100,000 population, which is 2.2 per cent higher than the rate for the previous year (5.07). The road toll places Queensland fifth behind the Australian Capital Territory (2.46), Victoria (4.31), New South Wales (4.73) and South Australia (4.89).
During 2016, there were 6259 hospitalised casualties as a result of crashes in Queensland. This is 121 (2.0 per cent) greater than the previous year (6138) and 265 (4.1 per cent) fewer than the previous five year average.