The NSW Government has announced $600 million in additional funding for road safety improvements across the state, including wire rope barriers, more highway patrol officers in regional areas and audio tactile line markings.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said recent increases in the road toll called for further investment in targeted initiatives.
“Any loss of life on our roads is one too many and so this investment is about making our roads safer for everyone in NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said the government is delivering on its Road Safety Plan 2021 priorities.
“We are investing in proven initiatives to lower the road toll. Addressing speeding, drink and drug driving, driver fatigue and pedestrian and cyclist safety.”
Priority areas include:
- $640 million to save lives on country roads through infrastructure safety upgrades
- $250 million for enhanced enforcement, including 50 additional highway patrol officers in regional areas, roadside alcohol testing and a doubling of mobile drug testing
- $180 million to increase liveability and safety in urban communities through infrastructure safety upgrades for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users
The cash injection brings the total investment in reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads over the next five years to $1.9 billion.