MORE than 120 people passionate about road safety in eastern Victoria attended the inaugural Gippsland Road Safety Forum on Thursday, September 24.
The new Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Doug Fryer, opened the forum reminding everyone that: “No one party can achieve the aim of towards zero on our road; it’s all about a coordinated effort and today’s event is a great example of that.”
Motorcycle safety, speed management and road safety education were just a few of the topics covered by the 27 speakers for the day.
One key aspect of the forum focused on community ownership of road safety and harnessing the power of local knowledge to help solve local problems.
One of the guest speakers was Holcim Australia’s Tom Wachal, who was on the South Gippsland Freight Network.
He outlined how community involvement helped reduce heavy vehicle collisions.
Mr Wachal was involved in the award-winning Truckies Light Up for Safety Campaign.
Truckies Light Up For Safety ran for 13 weeks last year and received the national Excellence in Road Safety Award for reducing car and truck collisions.
He said it was an initiative that could be expanded right around the state, and also served as a blue-print for other initiatives, including sessions to target young drivers and their families.
VicRoads Regional Director Eastern Victoria, Scott Lawrence said that the forum exceeded expectations.
“Throughout the forum is was evident that by integrating efforts in the areas of engagement, enforcement and innovation we can move closer to a zero road toll for the Gippsland area,” Mr Lawrence said.
Stuart McGregor, Superintendent for Road Policing, closed the forum praising the organisers saying: “This first of its kind event is an outstanding example of what we need in Victoria to see the Safe System come to fruition.”
The forum provided opportunities for networking, creating a momentum that has inspired participants to continue working together towards their shared goal of a zero road toll.