Funding for road safety in Western Australia is set to reach record levels, with the State Government increasing the amount of speed camera revenue provided to the Road Trauma Trust Fund (RTTF) to two-thirds this year and to 100 per cent by July 2012.
Currently, the RTTF receives one-third of revenue from speed and red light camera infringements.
Premier Colin Barnett said the significant funding boost would help the State Government deliver its 12-year road safety strategy Towards Zero and reduce road trauma in WA.
The share of revenue directed to reducing serious road crashes on the State’s roads will triple in the next two years, representing a boost of tens of millions of dollars each year to fighting road trauma.
“The significant amount of money thrown away by speeding drivers gives us an excellent opportunity to make a serious effort into reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on WA roads,” Mr Barnett said.
“This Government is serious about targeted spending to deliver quality services for all West Australians to keep them safe on our roads.
“We currently invest approximately $280million annually towards road safety across various agencies, including police traffic enforcement, road building and maintenance, community education campaigns issues and school-based programs.
“Now with this extra injection into the RTTF, we will have the capacity to do so much more in both metropolitan and regional WA.”
The Premier said while this decision showed the Government was serious about improving road safety, funding was only one aspect, the public needed to show its support and drive in a responsible and safe manner.
Road Safety Minister Rob Johnson said the decision was a huge win for road safety in WA.
“I am immensely proud that we could achieve this outcome for road safety in WA and look forward to the challenge of ensuring this funding is invested for the benefit of all West Australians,” Mr Johnson said.
“Each year, approximately 200 people are killed and a further 2,800 are seriously injured on WA roads.
“Apart from the emotional impacts on the families and friends of those involved, this road trauma results in a significant financial cost to our State.
“No death or injury on our roads is acceptable. The road toll is often just seen as a number, but it’s important to remember that it represents mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, friends and co-workers who have all had their lives tragically cut short.”
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