Speak up on road safety!
Do you have strong opinions on road safety matters? Well, now’s your chance to have a say in what issues are explored in the next NSW Parliament.
The Staysafe Committee of the NSW Parliament is seeking expressions of interest from the community proposing issues of concern.
"We receive many emails, letters and phone calls from people alerting us to issues which they believe deserve more attention," said Albury MP and Chair of the Committee, Greg Aplin, "so we would like to hear the public's suggestions of subjects we should investigate."
Staysafe has undertaken four public inquiries in the 56th Parliament: motorcycle safety, driverless cars, driver education and training, and heavy vehicle safety technology.
"Road safety concerns everyone," Mr Aplin said, "so the Committee wants to hear about your interests, experiences and concerns."
Staysafe will receive submissions up to Monday 17 September 2018 proposing issues for future inquiries.
"We want people to tell us why an issue is important, why it should be explored by Staysafe, how Government policy and practice will be improved, how it supports the NSW or national road safety strategy, and what benefits the community will enjoy," Mr Aplin said.
Submissions should be no more than 500 words or two pages, with a maximum of eight pages of attachments.
"We will review and publish the submissions we receive, and then rank them according to the public's and our own views," Mr Aplin said.
The Committee will report to the Parliament making recommendations for inquiries to be undertaken after the next state election in 2019.
If you have any questions please contact the Staysafe secretariat on 02 9230 3095 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The quote in this “(we) then rank them according to the public's and our own views” worries me a bit. I don’t have much confidence in how public servants view most things, they often seem to be on another planet to most of us. That said, we need to take these opportunities because doing nothing doesn’t help anyone either. Let me encourage you to contribute, if you have something worth putting forward. For me, one of the big road safety issues that still hasn’t been adequately addressed is people talking on mobile phones while driving. That must surely be one of the most obvious stupidities drivers do and goodness knows how many accidents this practice has caused.