NSW Government’s road safety plan unveiled by Stephen Bromhead

Member for Myall Lakes with Roads Minister Melinda Pavey.

Member for Myall Lakes with Roads Minister Melinda Pavey.

A range of new measures aimed at reducing the road toll have been introduced, after 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2017.

This initiative is part of the NSW Government’s road safety plan, unveiled by Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead on Wednesday, February 7.

The newly introduced measures address speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, truck safety and funding to improve safety on country roads.

Mr Bromhead 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,” Mr Bromhead 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.”

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.

Mr Bromhead 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,” Mr Bromhead 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 on February 7 are in addition to ongoing programs, including the safer roads infrastructure program, safety around schools and mandatory road safety education for every child in NSW.