Adopted by Council on 21 May 2019.

Read the full Road safety strategy 2019 - 2023 prepared for print (PDF).

Executive summary

Since 2011, Council's increased focus on road safety has seen an overall reduction of 13% in all injury crashes across Council's road network. However the region's transport system has still recorded an average of 10 fatal crashes, 161 hospitalisation (serious injury) crashes and 181 medical treatment crashes each year between 2013 and 2017. These crash statistics remain at an unacceptable level and more can be done to improve the safety of our road network, and those using it.

Toowoomba Regional Council's Road Safety Strategy 2019-2023 provides a local framework to enable Council, key road safety stakeholders and the community to actively participate in improving road safety within the region.

Targets over the life of this strategy include:

  1. An overall reduction of 12.5% in all injury crashes across our network
  2. To reduce the number of fatalities across our road network by 30%2
  3. To reduce the number of serious injuries/hospitalisations across our road network by 30%2.

The Strategy is underpinned by the ‘Safe System’ approach to road safety, whereby all elements of a transport system (user, mode and infrastructure) interact appropriately to create a safe and forgiving environment.

The Strategy addresses our key challenges and guides the implementation of a range of actions with proven crash-reduction benefits, developed consultatively with key regional road safety stakeholders, to realise our vision of reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

  1. Any crash that results in an injury to one or more road users. Those injuries are classes as either fatality, hospitalised, medically treated, or minor injury.
  2. Targets 2 and 3 form part of the current National and State Road Safety Strategies.