The Road Transport Suicide Prevention (RTSP) project was collaboratively delivered by the National Road Safety Partnership Program and Austroads. Suicides on the road system are relatively rare but, like all road trauma, have significant impacts on the system and other road users. Road traffic suicides are particularly problematic for the heavy vehicle industry with drivers placed at risk of death, injury, and trauma. The distress impacts many people, including drivers of other vehicles, passengers, first responders, witnesses and bereaved family members. The purpose of RTSP was to investigate and understand the scope of suicide in road transport and seek to reduce its impact. The project was delivered in four streams and made multiple recommendations, with safe language as a foundational component. Due to the sensitivity of the topic, communications was identified as a crucial element. Whilst focused on suicide, what emerged could be applied to road trauma more generally.
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