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Labor’s plan to save lives on our roads.

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Labor’s plan to save lives on our roads 20th April 2006

Labor will provide the national leadership necessary to drive down Australia's road toll.

Labor declared war on the road toll at the pre-Easter launch of the national road safety discussion paper: Safer Drivers, Safer Cars, Safer Roads.

“I am appalled, like most Australians, at the continuing carnage on our roads," said NSW Labor Senator, Ursula Stephens.

This Easter another 21 people died unnecessarily on Australian roads. Too many families have been confronted with the trauma of the death or injury of a loved one.

We must all work together to make the roads safer, especially with the ANZAC holiday coming up next week in the middle of school holidays.

"Labor is committed to showing national leadership on this issue which affects so many families," Senator Stephens said.

Labor will work towards a zero road toll with a comprehensive suite of road safety measures including:

* strengthened road safety and education;

* uniform penalties;

* safer vehicles; and

* improved road design and maintenance.

"On longer drives, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, drive safely and take the rest stops you need to stay alert."

"Around town, take extra care around cyclists and motorcyclists. Imagine each of them being a member of your own family. Showing mutual respect among road users will help keep the regions roads safer," Senator Stephens concluded.

For a copy of Labor’s Discussion Paper please go to:

ENDS: Thursday 20, April 2006