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Hawke government to eliminate local road 'black spots'



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21 February 1991

HAWKE GOVERNMENT TO ELIMINATE LOCAL ROAD 'BLACK SPOTS'

The Hawke Government will spend $236,000 this year to eliminate four road accident 'Black Spots' in the local government area of Bunbury.

Announcing the funding today, Federal Land Transport Minister Bob Brown said the work would involve installing and modifying traffic signals at Parade Road and Spencer Street, King Road and Picton/Sandridge Roads, Blair Street

and Stirling Street and Blair Street and Forest Avenue.

'This funding is a road safety "bonus" and comes on top of normal federal road funding to the states and territories' Mr Brown said.

'It is intended primarily for specific locations with a history of serious accidents'.

The 'Black Spot' program is part of the Hawke Government's $120 million road safety strategy and is aimed at further reducing the national road toll.

Over three years, $110 million will be allocated to eliminate 'Black Spots' around the nation, and $10 million will be used for research and public education aimed at changing drivers' attitudes towards speeding, drink driving

and aggressive driving.

To be eligible for funding, participating states and territories are required to adopt a uniform package of national reforms, including a national 0.05 blood alcohol limit, national licensing of heavy truck and bus drivers,

speed limiters for heavy vehicles, uniform national speed limits, a graduated licence system for young drivers, and greater enforcement of blood alcohol and seat belt requirements.

Mr Brown said: 'Last year 2331 people were killed in road crashes and while this is an appalling waste of human life, it was the lowest national figure since records began in 1960. ·

'Road safety initiatives of the federal and state governments have contributed to this reduction and hopefully the "Black Spot" program will reduce it even further.

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'Over the three year program Western Australia will receive $12.3 million - $5.6 million this year, and $6.7 million over the remaining two years.

'Most of the road projects involve low-cost, high-return works such as shoulder sealing, installing and modifying traffic signals, installing roundabouts, resealing, road warning signs and street closures'.

A list of the projects is attached.

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ROAD SAFETY BLACK SPOT PROGRAM - ELECTORATE OF FORREST IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA 20 Feb 1991

REF # ELECTORATE(s) LG A(s) ROAD(s)/-TREATMENT COST EST SAVE/YR

WOO 19 FORREST BUNBURY PARADE ROAD

SPENCER STREET -INSTALL TRAFFIC SIGNALS

$141600 $50980

W0017 FORREST BUNBURY KING ROAD

(PICTON ( INKPEN)/SANDRIDGE RDS) -MODIFY TRAFFIC SIGNALS $59000 $22748

W0007 FORREST - BUNBURY BLAIR STREET

STIRLING STREET -MODIFY TRAFFIC SIGNALS

$17700 $11430

W0006 FORREST BUNBURY BLAIR STREET

FORREST AVENUE -MODIFY TRAFFIC SIGNALS

$17700 $11580

4 PROJECTS $236000 $96738

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