Nationals Member for the South West Region, Colin Holt, has welcomed the announcement of a record $145.7 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for proven road safety initiatives over 2016-17.
Mr Holt 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.
He 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,” Mr Holt said.
Mr Holt 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 RTTA funding also included:
- $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.
For media enquiries please contact Office of Colin Holt MLC on (08) 9724 1181