Boosting community road safety in Tasmania

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Rockliff Liberal Government is working hard to improve road safety right around the State.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said the Community Road Safety Grant (CRSG) Program seeks to reduce the number of serious casualties on Tasmanian roads by supporting community involvement in developing and implementing local road safety projects to address community concern.

“In line with the Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026 and Action Plan 2020-2024, our CRSG program provides each project up to $35,000 to help reduce the number of road deaths and serious injuries on Tasmanian roads every year,” he said.

“This funding helps community groups and local governments across Tasmania to provide small scale, local programs within their communities that will improve road safety at a grass roots level.

“In Deloraine today, it was great to see one of the grant recipients in action at the Tasmanian Truck-N-Ute Show which included the Truck Driver Blind Spot Display. The display shows the extent of truck drivers’ blind spots to attendees. This is a really important point to get across to the community to see things from a truck drivers point of view, and to deter motorists from taking unnecessary risk around trucks.

“This year, 13 projects from community organisations and schools will receive almost $200,000 in funding from the Road Safety Levy. Vulnerable road users have been a key theme for this program, with projects focusing on children, motorcyclists, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“This round of the CRSG program will also fund an innovative social media project aimed at educating children and parents on safe road user behaviours, speed awareness programs in Clarence, George Town and Dodges Ferry, and pilots of the successful Full Gear Motorcycle Program in Devonport and Circular Head.”

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