People are at the heart of the safe system approach to road safety.
People are at the heart of the safe system approach to road safety. All road users owe it to themselves and to everyone else on the road to follow the road rules and drive to the conditions. Crashes can be prevented, and lives can be saved, by making safe choices.
No matter how skilled or experienced you are, or how familiar you are with a road, it’s hard to know what’s around the corner or to anticipate if another road user will make a mistake.
If you’re tired, distracted, speeding or impaired by alcohol or drugs, you cannot react as quickly to unexpected changes on the road. In the event of a crash, your choice of speed or decision to wear a seatbelt can make the difference between life and death for yourself, your family or friends – as well as others involved.
Education combined with enforcement and penalties, including fines, demerit points and licence suspension, all aim to motivate road users to follow the rules and behave safely on and around the road.