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Policing Today Volume: 4 Issue: 3 Dated: September 1998 Pages: 20-22
J Grevatt
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3 pages
This article describes an Australian-inspired road-safety program being considered for Great Britain.
The program, which emphasizes speed enforcement and publicity, is being considered for the Lancashire area. If it is successful there, it may be considered for implementation throughout Great Britain. The program originated in Victoria, Australia, and targets mainly speeding, drink/driving and use of seat belts. The "Victoria solution" features a mobile-camera-based speed-management program, fully equipped and highly visible roadside alcohol testing stations, and education in the use of seat belts. The Australian enforcement and publicity approach resulted in a 50-percent reduction in road deaths between 1990 and 1998 and a 47-percent reduction in major and serious injuries during the same period. Overall casualties showed a one-third reduction and Victoria actually reduced the likelihood of a crash even taking place, attributable at least in part to changes in driver attitude and behavior. The UK has reduced injuries and deaths on the road, but it has been attributed mainly to improved vehicle design and medical expertise.