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15 August 2001 B48/2001

BLACK SPOT EVALUATION REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS

A new road safety report announced today by Senator Ron Boswell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, has revealed that the Federal Government's 1996-2002 Road Safety Black Spot Program has produced benefits to the community of $14 for each dollar spent

The report The Black Spot Program 1996-2002: An Evaluation of the First Three Years, prepared by the Bureau of Transport Economics (BTE), evaluated 608 black spot projects around Australia which were undertaken between 1 July 1996 and 30 June 1999. The cost of these projects was approximately $59.5 million.

"The program has been highly effective in reducing the number of casualty crashes. Overall, the evaluation provides very strong evidence that the program is achieving its aim of improving safety at locations with a history of crashes involving death or serious injury," Senator Boswell said.

The report found that in the first three years of the program around 32 fatal crashes and

1,539 serious crashes were avoided. The report provides detailed information on the effectiveness of particular treatments in urban and rural areas.

“The future of the Black Spot Program is now being considered by the Government and this very comprehensive report is a vital part of that process,” said Senator Boswell.

An Executive Summary of the report is available on the BTE’s internet site at www.bte.gov.au or by telephoning (02) 6274 7210.

Media inquiries: Tom Chesson - 07 3001 8150 / 0417 225 176