Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan has been named chair of the Joint Select Committee on Road Safety.
He has been a committee member since August 2019.
The group's role is to investigate and report on the effectiveness of road safety support services and integration of Safe System principles into health, education, industry and transport policy.
"I accepted the position of chairperson because I want to use my practical experience (with NSW Police) in this area to try and keep motorists safe while travelling on the road," he said.
"Still in Australia, despite all the State and federal government road safety campaigns around 1,200 people die in vehicle crashes each year. Sadly three people have died in my own region since Saturday.
"I know what this means first-hand because I have attended the scenes of traffic fatalities when I worked as a policeman for 12 years. I also know the court process as I have been a prosecutor for New South Wales Police.
"The vision is reducing the road death toll towards zero. I've done the two o'clock door knock in the morning to tell mum and dad that their kids not coming home.
"I want to work with my parliamentary colleagues and the community to try and achieve zero road crash deaths. Being involved in this committee is one way I can do that.
"To me it's really important to have communication between the states, territories and federal government. To develop a real strategy with accountability through all those levels."
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