Tuesday February 6, 2018
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP today released the NSW Government’s Road Safety Plan, which includes a range of measures aimed at reducing the road toll after 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2017.
The comprehensive package addresses speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, truck safety and funding to improve safety on country roads.
Tanya Davies said the Road Safety Plan is a concerted effort to save lives by making sure roads and vehicles are as safe as possible.
“Every 41 minutes in NSW someone is either killed or seriously injured on our roads, leaving families and friends with the heartache,” Tanya Davies said.
“As a Government we know we can do more and that is why this Plan makes it clear if you break the law you will be caught and will pay the price.
“We also want to ensure that our public education campaigns are targeted in the right way.”
The measures announced today include:
These measures are in addition to last month’s crack down on drug drivers, which saw cocaine added to the list of drugs subject to roadside testing, and the number of roadside drugs tests doubled from 100,000 a year to 200,000 a year by 2020.
The Road Safety Plan will bring the Government’s total commitment to targeted road safety programs from the Community Road Safety Fund to $1.4 billion over five years.
Tanya Davies said one of the biggest challenges remains on country roads, which accounted for almost 70 per cent of the State’s road toll last year.
“If you live in the country you are four times more likely to die in a road crash than if you live in metro NSW,” Tanya Davies said.
“This is why we will roll out 1600 kilometres of rumble strips and 300 kilometres in targeted safety works, such as flexible, wire-rope barriers to help prevent run-off-road and head-on crashes on our road network, including the Princes Highway.”
The Road Safety Plan includes a number of key initiatives for immediate implementation as well as a number of other key measures that will be subject to review and consultation.
A review into driving on prescription drugs has been requested by April and the NSW Sentencing Council will be tasked with reporting back on sentencing of repeat traffic offenders who may pose an ongoing risk to the community.
The initiatives announced today are in addition to ongoing programs, including our Safer Roads infrastructure program, safety around schools and mandatory road safety education for every child in NSW.
To view the page: http://towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan.