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SENATOR RON BOSWELL THE HON IAN CAUSLEY

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the National Party in the Senate Senator for Queensland

Chairperson of the NSW Black Spot Consultative Panel Member for Page

10 April 2001 B21/2001

FEDERAL BLACK SPOT PROGRAM FURTHER  IMPROVES ROAD SAFETY IN NSW

As part of the Federal Government’s road safety “Black Spot” program, Senator Ron Boswell and the Hon Ian Causley today announced details of funding for 84 projects to be undertaken throughout NSW.

Since its implementation in July 1996, the Federal Road Safety Black Spot Program has enabled the treatment of more than 1860 crash sites throughout Australia.

“Continuation of this Program reflects the Federal Government's commitment to address road trauma as a national priority,” Mr Causley said.

In addition to the funding NSW received in the last four years, more than $10.4 million of projects have been approved this financial year to upgrade more of the State’s worst road crash sites.

‘These funds are part of more than $75 million available to the State to the year 2002’, Mr Causley said.

Senator Boswell said that by the year 2002, more than $228 million would be allocated to eliminate “Black Spots” around the nation -- with priority given to locations with a history of serious road accidents.

'Black Spot', or hazardous road location programs, are used by governments around the world as an effective tool to reduce the road toll.  Independent evaluation has shown that reductions of around two-thirds in serious casualty crashes may be achieved by focusing effort on existing crash locations.

Significant gains can be made by relatively low cost treatments, such as the installation of roundabouts or traffic lights.

While the National Road toll appears to have stalled, co-operative efforts by Federal, State and local Governments have contributed to saving lives.  But there is still some way to go to match the lower

crash rates of world leaders like Sweden.  Their example is evidence that safer road travel is achievable in a highly motorised society.

“The Federal Government has maintained its commitment to reducing road trauma as a national priority by extending funding to the Road Safety Black Spot Program until 2002” Senator Boswell said.  “We will continue to fix serious crash sites wherever they may occur throughout Australia.”

Black Spot Program information kits, including site nomination forms, are available on line at www.atsb.gov.au or by telephoning toll free 1800 - 026 - 349.

Media Inquiries:

Senator Boswell’s Office: Tom Chesson (07) 3001 8150 or 0417 225 176 Ian Causley’s Office: Sharon Davidson (02) 6642 6356

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