Safe System Approach

To achieve the ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads, we’ve adopted a safe system approach.

This approach is underpinned by these principles:

  • People are human and sometimes make mistakes – a simple mistake shouldn’t cost anyone their life.
  • Roads, roadsides and vehicles need to be designed to minimise crashes or reduce forces if a crash happens.
  • Road safety is a shared responsibility – everyone needs to make safe decisions on and around the road to prioritise safety.

Initiatives to ensure safer roads, speeds, people and cars need to be implemented together so the road system not only keeps us moving, but safe and protected.

For road trauma data and information for staying safe on our roads, visit the Centre for Road Safety website.


Night time Sydney city roads

The four elements of a safe system are

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Safe People

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Safe Roads

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Safe Speeds

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Safe Vehicles