In Parliament

Constituency Question - Honk & Go Policy


Tuesday 10 September, 2019.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (11:51):

My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and the TAC.

My constituents have asked me to raise the issue that the Minister consider a honk-and-go policy that encourages drivers to honk their horn before leaving their driveways.

With our suburbs densifying, we need to consider new ways to keep our streets safer.

Many of my constituents have raised with me their growing concerns over the increasing number of driveway incidents that are occurring in our community— incidents that too often involve young children.

According to Kidsafe Victoria, on average seven young children are killed and 60 are seriously injured each year in driveway incidents.

Parents should feel safe to take their child for an afternoon walk or bike ride without the fear of a car racing out of an apartment block driveway. A honk-and go policy could make our suburbs and our children safer.

I look forward to the Minister’s response.