Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    New emergency phone program for motorists

    11/08/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Motorists who break down on some of Perth's newer highways will find it easier to get help through a new emergency telephone program.
     
    Transport Minister Pam Beggs today said the initiative would be an extension of the existing system in use on the Kwinana and Mitchell freeways.
     
    The roads to be included in the new program include Roe, Tonkin, Leach and Reid highways and the Great Eastern Highway bypass.
     
    The present system was introduced in 1983 and now included 80 telephones along 42km of freeway.  Additional telephones were being installed along the Mitchell Freeway between the Narrows and Hamilton interchanges.
     
    The telephones are monitored by the RAC and funded by Main Roads to the tune of $45,000 a year.
     
    Mrs Beggs said about 15,000 calls a year were made on the system.  Calls from non-members of the RAC were re-routed to tow truck operators, taxis, the ambulance or the police.
     
    Mrs Beggs said it was unreasonable for residents in those areas to be disturbed in the middle of the night by strangers wanting to use the telephone because of some mishap on the road.
     
    The telephones would be located at strategic points where experience with the emergency system had shown they would be used most.
     
    An amount of $145,000 had been allocated to begin the work this financial year.