- Liberal National Government sets new record spend in road safety
- $146 million allocated from 2016-17 Road Trauma Trust Account
The Liberal National Government has again cemented its position in doing more to tackle road safety than any other Government by allocating a record $145.7 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for proven road safety initiatives over 2016-17.
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said it was the most money ever allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) and well beyond the predicted income from speed and red light cameras.
Mrs Harvey said regional West Australians would benefit from nearly $64.9 million for road safety features including overtaking lanes, wire rope barriers, audible line edging and road widening.
"The over-representation of fatal crashes on regional roads is unacceptable, and while personal responsibility is the number one solution, as a Government we will do all we can to make our roads safer and more forgiving in the event of a crash," she said.
The Minister said $2.2 million would fund the State's first alcohol interlock system for serious and repeat drink drivers and $5.53 million would continue additional roadside alcohol and drug testing.
The Minister said the RTTA funding also included:
- $20 million for metropolitan intersection upgrades
- $12 million to complete the flashing 40kmh school zone sign project
- $7.8 million to fund recommendations from the Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review
- $4.1 million for education campaigns
- $6.8 million for the expanding speed and red light cameras
- $1.6 million for school education programs
- $1.6 million for community RoadWise programs.
"The rate of fatalities has reduced 34 per cent since the Liberal National Government came into power, helped by our commitment to spend 100 per cent of speed and red light camera fines on road safety initiatives," Mrs Harvey said.
- Speed was a factor was a factor in nearly 40% of fatal crashes in 2015
- RTTA is built from speed and red light camera fines, any contribution is voluntary
- Labor allocated $17 million from the RTTA in 2007 and left the State with a per capita fatality rate of 11.2 in 2007 (2015 was 6.2)
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900