The Federal Government has launched the latest round of its Black Spot program, to improve road safety at 24 dangerous crash sites in South Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the state would receive $8.7 million under the program’s 2020-21 funding round.

“Safer roads save lives. This major investment is part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to improving roads right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“Over the past five years, one fatal crash and 86 accidents causing injuries have occurred on the high-priority locations we are funding.

“One death, one injury on our roads is one too many. We are committed to doing our bit to make sure all Australians, no matter where they live, arrive home to their loved ones sooner and safer.” 

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said the 24 Black Spot projects across South Australia would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on South Australian roads.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Nationwide, the Australian Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2022-23 to improve road safety across the nation.”

Federal Member for Barker and Chair of the South Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel, Tony Pasin, said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout South Australia.

“The Black Spot Program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at road locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred or are at risk of occurring,” Mr Pasin said.

“Safety will be significantly improved in these 24 black spot projects across South Australia.

“It is another example of the Australian Government getting on with building the productive infrastructure our local community and economy needs.”

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