- New Wheatbelt community road safety alliance formed
- The alliance was a recommendation of the Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review
- The State Government has allocated $7.8 million in the 2016-17 Budget to carry out road safety improvements in the Wheatbelt
The Liberal National Government today launched the new Great Eastern Highway Road Safety Alliance which was a key recommendation of the Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review.
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the Great Eastern Highway Road Safety Alliance would bring together road users, including local shires and transport industry groups, and road safety authorities to help come up with effective local road safety solutions along the major transport route.
"This is a co-operative approach towards eliminating death and serious injury resulting from crashes in the Wheatbelt," she said.
"So far in 2016, three people have been killed on Great Eastern Highway and we are committed to improving road safety in the region.
"The contributing factors of excessive speed, alcohol and non-use of seatbelts also feature strongly in Wheatbelt road crashes, so the alliance will develop an education campaign for road users, including drivers of heavy vehicles."
Ms Harvey established the State's first Highway Safety Review, targeting the Wheatbelt, after 26 people were killed on the region's roads in 2014.
The review involved experts examining the roads, several community forums and an online mapping tool, which allowed the local community to post their comments about driver behaviour and road conditions along the review route.
"The formation of the Great Eastern Highway Road Safety Alliance was an important recommendation of the Wheatbelt highway review," the Deputy Premier said.
"As a result of the review, the Liberal National Government has also committed $7.8 million in the 2016-17 Budget, to carry out road safety improvements in the Wheatbelt."
- So far this year, there have been 21 fatal crashes and 25 deaths in the Wheatbelt region
- The Wheatbelt has 45,000km of roads
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900