Road Trauma Trust Account funding given significant boost

The WA state government has pledged a further $111 million to the Road Trauma Trust Account. Photo: Getty Images.
The WA state government has pledged a further $111 million to the Road Trauma Trust Account. Photo: Getty Images.

IN a continued effort to lower the West Australian road toll, the state government has allocated a record $111 million to the Road Trauma Trust Account. 

Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said funding would go towards road safety initiatives which had a proven record in reducing crashes. 

Mrs Harvey said $46 million would go towards road safety treatments to address run off road crashes including shoulder widening, audible line edging, wire rope barriers and overtaking lanes. 

"Run off road crashes represent one-third of people who are killed or seriously injured on WA roads," Mrs Harvey said.

"It is even higher in regional areas and represents 62 per cent of serious crashes in remote WA."

Minister Harvey said $12 million would fund safety treatments at metropolitan intersections including modified traffic signals, roundabouts and speed management treatments such as speed humps.

"Intersection crashes represent one-third of people killed or seriously injured on WA roads. In 2013, 860 people were killed or seriously injured at Perth intersections," she said.

Mrs Harvey said $5.5 million would be allocated to increase drug and alcohol testing of motorists.

"There is also an extra $1.56 million to support the Government's alcohol interlock program aimed at serious drink drivers," she said.

The announcement coincided with yet another horror weekend on WA roads.

On Saturday, 24-year-old man from Pinjarra when he car collided with a tree in Dwellingup. 

Four hours later, a 28 year old Wooroloo man died when he car hit a tree in Wundowie. 

On Sunday, a pedestrian who was hit by a car in the Perth suburb of Hazelmere also died of their injuries. 

More than $15 million has been allocated for road safety education programs and campaigns, research and analysis as well as road safety policy and co-ordination.

Every dollar from speed and red light cameras goes into the Road Trauma Trust Account. 

Comments