- McGowan Government delivers road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma and incidents
- $70 million improvements to regional roads identified as a high risk for runoff crashes
- $20 million improvements to Indian Ocean Drive
- WA Police Force funded to carry out record number of roadside drug tests this year
The McGowan Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to reduce road trauma in Western Australia, with another significant investment towards road safety in this year's State Budget.
A total of $181.5 million has been allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) over the next four years, towards road safety projects and initiatives.
The RTTA comprises 100 per cent of the revenue from speed and red light camera fines.
Single vehicle run off road crashes remain the sole biggest killer of people on regional roads, and a total of $70 million has been set aside for road improvements to prevent run off road crashes.
In line with the McGowan Government's commitment to make Indian Ocean Drive safer, $20 million has been provided to fund further improvements over the next two years.
Treatment works include widening a 58-kilometre stretch of the road from Two Rocks to Lancelin, to allow a greater centre separation between traffic, and installing audible line markers along both centre lines and the shoulders.
An allocation of $17.2 million will go towards road safety treatments to the Great Eastern Highway in the Wheatbelt region over the next two years.
A further $2.4 million is being made available to continue improvements on Toodyay Road, taking the total money spent on upgrades to just over $36 million.
A significant number of fatalities in Western Australia each year are the result of driver behaviour.
With the aim of modifying driver behaviour, $28.2 million is being directed into community education campaigns over the next four years.
Impaired driving is another major contributor to road trauma in Western Australia, and the Government is delivering on its promise to increase roadside alcohol and drug testing.
A further $1.8 million is being made available to increase the WA Police Force's driver breath and drug testing capacity, and this year the WA Police Force are expected to conduct a record number of drug tests.
Funding of $13.3 million has also been allocated over the next four years for safety upgrades at dangerous metropolitan intersections.
The money will fund treatments such as the installation of roundabouts, traffic signals and other measures at intersections identified as having a high number of crashes.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"The McGowan Government is focused on reducing road trauma and saving lives on our roads.
"A disproportionately high number of fatalities in WA occur on rural and regional roads.
"We are making this substantial investment to make these roads safer through improvements to dangerous roads and intersections, a stronger police presence and community education campaigns to change driver behaviour.
"Boosting the number of roadside alcohol and drug tests, and enhancing technology used to catch speeding motorists are some of the measures the McGowan Labor Government is implementing.
"Drivers also need to take care on the road and adhere to safe road rules and practices."
Minister's office - 6552 6900