LABOR CALLS ON ROADS MINISTER TO INCREASE FUNDING TO CUT ROAD DEATHS
January 24, 2018
Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay is urging the Berejiklian Government to boost its spending on road safety education as part of a campaign to save lives on our roads.
It comes as people are urged to drive safely this Australia Day long weekend in the wake of a horror start to the year on NSW roads where 29 people have been killed so far in January.
Motoring organisation, the NRMA which has over two million members in NSW, has urged the government to spend at least $40 million per year on road safety education to help lower the road toll.
It’s estimated that NSW only spent $20 million on road safety campaigns in 2016-17, less than a third of what was spent in Victoria over the same period.
The Victorian Government spent over $78 million on marketing and road safety public education campaigns and saw its road toll drop to 257 – down from 290 in 2016.
Ms McKay is calling on the Premier and Roads Minister Melinda Pavey to reprioritise advertising expenditure after the government splurged an estimated $20 million on its notorious Tomorrow’s Sydney propaganda campaign.
She says those funds should be used to educate drivers that changing their behaviour on the road could save lives.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“It’s completely unacceptable that the Berejiklian Government spends as much money on road safety campaigns as it does on glossy propaganda.
“We know that properly funded advertising campaigns can have an impact on reducing road deaths so why aren’t the Premier and Roads Minister making driver education a priority?
“It’s a tragedy to see the road toll in NSW rise after it trended down for so many years – the Premier has no time to waste on taking some meaningful action to stop the road toll from continuing to climb.”