- Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia
Drink driving is a major public health concern as it contributes significantly to morbidity and mortality rates especially in young people. Injuries and fatalities caused by drink driving account for approximately 30% of all road accident fatalities and contributes a financial burden to the community of over 200 million dollars annually.
With few public transport options on Friday and Saturday night, we feel that the target population of 18 to 25 year olds often feel they have no other choice but to drive in situations where public transport is not available.
We propose that an increase in the number and frequency of trains and popular bus routes should be in place at night, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays between 12am and 4am.
These proposed changes are essential to reducing the prevalence of drink driving and the incidence of the subsequent accidents, injuries and fatalities and their enduring impact on the community.
We petition the State Government to improve the public transport system including buses and trains especially between the hours of 12 am and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
This proposal is based on our extensive research which identifies that one of the fundamental reasons why young people drink and drive is due to the lack of adequate, safe and frequent public transport after a night out.
Our research indicates that currently the public transport system is insufficient in the following areas:
The number of buses
The times the night buses are available
The time intervals between buses
The limited routes and destinations the buses travel to and from
The frequency of the train system during this time period
The safety and security of the buses and trains.
The Improve Perth's public transport system at night petition to Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia was written by Melissa Harrison and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.