Call to invest in road safety
The RAC is calling on the State Government to honour its election promise of investing in road safety in the Great Southern when it hands down its Budget on Thursday.
With 31 deaths on Great Southern roads in 2016, the RAC is hopeful the Budget will fund the creation of a regional enforcement unit within WA Police and increase the scale of breathalyser and drug tests in the region.
RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby outlined the troubling statistics on WA’s regional road toll.
“Our State has a serious road safety problem and the situation is worse for those living in the regions,” he said
“Last year, 195 people died on WA roads — 120 in regional WA and 31 in the Great Southern.
“That made 2016 the Great Southern’s worst road toll record in at least seven years, tripling its road toll from 10 in 2010 to 31 in 2016.”
Mr Golsby said improving regional road safety was imperative.
“The RAC welcomed WA Labor’s election commitments to create a regional enforcement unit and introduce more drug and alcohol testing,” he said.
“We look forward to seeing how these commitments will be funded in the State Budget.
“Funding for safer roads, cars and road users in the State Budget is critical if we are to address the escalating economic and social costs brought about by road trauma.
“Increasing the perceived risk of detection can affect behaviour change — enforcement must be an absolute priority for the State Government in an effort to reduce road trauma.”
Mr Golsby also highlighted the need for more drug testing in WA.
“Western Australia drug tests far fewer drivers than other States,” he said.
The RAC want a regional enforcement unit within WA Police.