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Road Trauma Trust Account is money well spent

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said an extensive program of works will use every dollar in the Road Trauma Trust Account to combat road trauma and promote road safety in WA.

29 Sep 2016
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said an extensive program of works will use every dollar in the Road Trauma Trust Account to combat road trauma and promote road safety in WA.

Mr Papalia said the majority of the $95.4 million in the Road Trauma Trust Account reported in the Road Safety Commission’s 2015/16 Annual Report has already been allocated for road safety initiatives.

The State Government allocated a record $148.5 million in the 2016/17 State Budget, with $64.9 million to be spent on improving road safety features in regional WA, including overtaking lanes, wire rope barriers, audible line edging and road widening.

“The money is allocated with a number of major projects ongoing in Perth and regional WA,” said Mr Papalia.

“Once the allocated money comes out, we’ll be down to an operating balance of around $37 million which gives us the flexibility to respond to issues and engage with community about road safety solutions.”

“Programs such as the response to the Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review and Motorcycle Safety Review also rely on that operating budget.”

Mr Papalia also said $6.9 million will be spent on the expansion of the State’s red light and speed camera network, with speed a factor in one in three fatal and serious injury crashes.

“100 per cent of the red light and speed camera infringements go into the Road Trauma Trust Account,” said Mr Papalia.

“People often ask why we focus so much on speed, but at the end of the day the faster you go the more likely you are to have a crash, and if you have a crash at speed, the consequence is worse.”

“The cameras are very effective, and we’ve found a 60 per cent reduction to the risk of crash at intersections where we have placed a red light speed camera.

“We also have a halo effect, where over the network the speeds are reduced up to ten kilometres from a camera site.”

“That’s a really positive trend in terms of outcome.”

The Road Safety Commission 2015/16 Annual Report and Program of Works are available on the Road Safety Commission website.