National Road Safety Week

Jacquie Petrusma,Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Road safety is a shared responsibility. We know that a crash can happen in seconds, and it only takes a moment for tragedy to strike.

That’s why I’m pleased to welcome Tasmania Police’s announcement of a new traffic policing model from July 1, refocusing road policing resources in each district.

Any death on our roads is devastating, and 2022 has certainly been a devastating year for crash fatalities with a number of heartbreaking crashes on our roads.

This new traffic model will mean that Tasmania will have a dedicated highway patrol, and it will allow us to increase our coordinated, large scale, high visibility operations across the state.

The establishment of Road Policing Services will also improve the ability to undertake intelligence-led, joint road safety operations in rural and regional areas.

National Road Safety Week is an important reminder to Tasmanians that we all need to be making the right choices, every single time we get behind the wheel.

Road safety should be a focus for all of us, every single day, and we all need to make the choice to slow down.

We also need to make the choice to wear a seatbelt. Make the choice to not let yourself get distracted. Make a choice to not drive if you’re tired. Make the choice to never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking or if you’ve taken drugs.

Enough is Enough, which is why Tasmania Police will be undertaking high visibility, major state-wide road safety operations to target the fatal five and other breaches of the Road Rules, with no second chances.

Please follow the rules, and make the right choices, and lets all make sure we all get home safely every time we use our roads.

Anyone who witnesses dangerous driving behaviour should report it immediately to police on 131 444 or Triple Zero in a life threatening situation.

If you can’t report it at the time, you can head to Tasmania Police’s evidence portal at and we’ll follow it up.

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