Ten people have lost their lives on Tasmanian roads so far this year, and half of those deaths were in the past month.
The most recent crash left a Legana man dead after he crashed his motorcycle into a building at Waverley on Saturday night.
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The 29-year-old lost control on the Tasman Highway, with police investigations revealing speed was likely a factor in the crash. It was the second fatal crash in the state within 24 hours.
A man had died at Zeehan on the West Coast in the early hours of Saturday morning, after crashing his ute into a brick wall. Police found speed was also a factor in that crash.
A week earlier, a 62-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a ute at Campania on April 25.
On April 23, a 39-year-old man died after his car flipped on the Huon Highway south of Huonville.
In the North-West, a man in his 20s was killed when his car rolled and hit a tree on West Mooreville Road at Ridgley on April 15.
Two weeks before the recent spate of fatal crashes, Tasmania Police held its annual Easter road safety operation.
During Operation Crossroads, police targeted the fatal five.
While thousands of drivers were pulled over, and tested for drugs and alcohol, and hundreds were fined for speeding, mobile phone use, and not wearing seatbelt, the road toll continued to rise after the operation ended.
It has prompted more calls from road safety experts for further intervention from the state government.
RACT chief advocacy officer Garry Bailey said during the coronavirus pandemic, when traffic was reduced, Tasmania's road toll remained high with 36 lives lost last year, and 284 people injured.
And if the state's road toll trend continued, he said 175 Tasmanians would die and 1500 would be seriously injured in the next five years.
"We've now had 10 fatalities on our roads this year, and while that's five less than at the same time in 2020, no Tasmanian can take comfort from that," Mr Bailey said.
"There have also been 100 serious injuries, which is higher than the 88 we had this time last year, leaving the lives of many changed forever.
"We will be pushing our new state government, and indeed all members of parliament, to adopt a new commitment to road safety. The COVID-19 pandemic showed a unity of purpose between all parties, which is what we must do to ensure we can keep all Tasmanians safe on our roads."
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During the state election campaign, RACT highlighted its key priorities, which included the delivery of 10-year plans for major roads across the state, as well as the reinvestment of speed camera revenue into road safety.
The Liberal Party promised to deliver four 10-year strategic action plans, which included the Bass, Channel, Huon, and Tasman highways.
The new plans were in addition to the $565 million Midland Highway 10-year plan already underway.
The party also committed to an additional $416.5 million investment in road infrastructure across the state over seven years.
State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson said the party remained committed to changing attitudes around speeding, the use of mobile phones when driving, and drink and drug driving.
"This includes a new anti-drink driving campaign targeted at young drivers that was launched recently, along with the next stage of the anti-mobile phone use campaign," he said.
"The projects being funded - no matter how big or small - could make the difference in someone getting home safely to their loved ones, which is why we continue working to move closer to zero fatalities through these investments."
Beyond infrastructure, Tasmania Police continued to tackle the issue of the rising road toll.
Assistant CommissionerJonathan Higgins said, however, police could not manage road safety alone.
"Police traffic enforcement activities are directed at removing unsafe drivers from the roads and improving driver behaviours - with regular patrols and targeted operations in high-visibility and covert situations, and in marked and unmarked vehicles statewide. Even drone technology is being built into police targeting activities," he said.
"Despite police efforts, serious and fatal crashes continue to occur with disturbing regularity, most often as a result of speed or inattention.
"Motorists can influence this through their manner of driving, keeping themselves and others safe on the roads.
"Police encourage members of the public to report unsafe driving to police, and where possible, provide a statement to assist police to prosecute unsafe drivers and remove them from the roads."
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