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ALP'S hollow commitment to road safety.

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A248/2001 8th November 2001

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, today endorsed the comments made by the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Automobile Association, Lachlan McIntosh, in criticising Labor’s hollow commitment to road safety.

“Labor has committed to our road safety target of a reduction in road fatalities of 40 per cent by 2010, but yet again has failed to identify how they will go about achieving this. One would have thought that a central element to any Federal road safety strategy would be the continuation of the Coalition’s Black Spots program, which has been instrumental in saving lives and reducing serious injuries across the nation.

“The Black Spots program has prevented more than 1,500 serious accidents in the last five years. Make no mistake this reduction in road trauma has saved many families from the grieving that would otherwise have accompanied the loss or serious injury of loved ones. Yet, astoundingly, Labor refuses to commit to a continuation of the program.

“Mr McIntosh of the AAA has today stated that “The Black Spot program is an important national road safety initiative that has the potential to contribute substantially towards the National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing fatalities by 40% by 2010. It is therefore essential that it continue."

“The Liberal-National Government couldn’t agree more and has already committed $180m over four years to continue the excellent work of a program that was introduced by this Government in 1996. Labor’s commitment to road safety now appears to be much the same as its previous commitment when it cancelled its Black Spots program back in 1993 - hollow and meaningless,” said Mr Anderson.

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