Tasmanian Labor pledges road safety education program

 A pledged multifaceted road safety education program aims to help visitors to the state drive on Tasmanian roads.

The Labor Party will promise $400,000 for the program, which will be announced as part of its $60 million community roads package on Sunday.

It is a collaboration with the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania, that will be designed and launched in consultation with other peak road groups.

Labor infrastructure spokesman Shane Broad said some regional roads could be tricky even for experienced locals.

“Increased awareness of different road conditions and safety promotion will help all road users,” he said.

Road Safety Advisory Council chairman Garry Bailey said an international tourist was seriously injured on Tasmanian roads in 2017 during the tourism boom.

Two international visitors were killed in 2015 and seven were seriously injured in 2015.

It was the worst year in the past five years for tourists on Tasmanian roads.

RACT membership and community executive general manager Stacey Pennicott said creating the safest possible road environment for Tasmanians and visitors was a key election issue.

“As our tourist visitor numbers have increased, so too has the need to educate visitors to the state about road safety and the unique driving conditions often experienced here.”

The Liberal Party launched part of its Tourist Road Safety Strategy in January last year.