The NSW Road Safety Strategy 2012-2021 is based on the Safe System approach to improving road safety. This approach takes a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among the key components of that system – the road user, the roads and roadsides, the vehicle and travel speeds. It recognises that all components of the system have a role to play in helping to keep road users safe.
We must therefore design a road transport system that is forgiving of human error to ensure that users are not killed or seriously injured in any crash. We also must ensure that we have safe and compliant road users. The Safe System framework: safer roads, safer vehicles, safer people, safer speeds
Children and young people, because of their inquisitive and unpredictable behaviour, are at risk of injuries and in particular, road related injuries. Risk taking is a normal and expected developmental element. Education on road safety issues is a key component to assist parents, carers and school professionals. Education materials and resources need to be age appropriate, ongoing and sequential to reinforce road safety messages throughout their schooling. It is important through partnerships between schools and homes for road safety education to be further developed in the real traffic environment. (Source: NSW Road Safety Strategy 2012-2021, Transport for NSW p24)