Labor is inviting the State’s top road safety experts to a crisis roundtable – as NSW faces another year of tragedy on our roads.
Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay announced the initiative as part of Road Safety Week in New South Wales.
More than 120 people have been killed and over 12,000 people have been seriously injured on the State’s roads since the start of the year.
The State Opposition is inviting road safety experts and representatives from all political parties to the Parliamentary summit – urging the Government yet again to make it a bipartisan approach to a problem that affects the whole State.
Ms McKay says the road toll in New South Wales has been increasing for the past few years, despite all the effort being put into accident prevention.
She is encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach to safety – saying more speed cameras is not the answer.
Labor is proposing a national retraining program in lieu of demerit points for low level driving offenders, similar to one operating in the UK.
The roundtable comes after two previous attempts to host bipartisan roundtables were not taken up by the Coalition Government.
It will be held on the 28th of June 2017 at NSW Parliament.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“Nothing is off the table at this forum. We want people to live. The forum has one purpose; to find ways to keep people alive on our roads.
“The State’s road safety experts have answers and the Government should listen.
“We are keen to promote a bipartisan approach on road safety. The previous Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, declined my offer to work together on road safety. I wrote to Minister Pavey in February requesting we jointly host a road safety forum. While I am yet to receive a response to my letter, I sincerely hope she takes the opportunity to attend and listen to the experts.
“2016 resulted in the highest number of deaths on our roads since 2010. But many thousands are also left with serious, and often permanent, injuries. Any idea that can help stop that carnage should be listened to.”