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Fixing Black Spot Locations to Save Lives

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Jim Lloyd Minister of Local Government and Roads
019TRS/Budget 9 May 2006

The Australian Government will spend $44.5 million in 2006-07 on a targeted programme to fix 'black spot' road crash sites around Australia and save lives.

Special attention will be paid to crash locations in regional areas.

Approximately 50 per cent of funds in each state (other than Tasmania, and the two territories) are reserved for projects in non-metropolitan areas. This ensures that rural areas share in the safety treatments.

"On past performance, the programme will prevent an estimated 500 casualty crashes in 2006-07," Mr Lloyd said.

"On average, four to five people are killed every day in crashes on Australian roads. A great many more are seriously injured and permanently incapacitated. In addition to the burden of personal suffering, the monetary cost of these road crashes is an estimated $15.0 billion annually.

"The AusLink Black Spot Programme is unique among the suite of Government land transport investments in that it targets funding to the worst crash sites, usually for remedial treatments such as traffic signals, turning lanes, roundabouts and improved lighting.

"These are simple traffic management measures, but they get results. For every dollar outlaid on black spot solutions, the community reaps a benefit estimated at $14."

Mr Lloyd said the AusLink Black Spot Programme was highly regarded in the community. Its integrity was preserved through independent project assessment committees in each state and territory. "Membership includes representatives from state and local government, motoring organisations, police and road freight industry groups.

"Anyone can nominate a 'black spot' for funding consideration, using the official nomination form. Candidate projects are first assessed by the relevant state road authority which has details of the crash history of the site and the expertise to assess the appropriate treatment," he said.

Mr Lloyd said the Government also supports a trial of post-licence driver education. Fourteen thousand young drivers in Victoria and New South Wales will undertake a special driver training course as part of the trial.

"It is an essential part of the Government's election promise to work with the states and territories to establish a compulsory national scheme for P-plate drivers by 2007," Mr Lloyd said.

"Young people continue to be over-represented among those who die on our roads," he said.

To view the locations where Black Spot Programme funding has been allocated, go to www.auslink.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx

Media contacts:
Mr Lloyd's office - Fiona Telford 02 6277 7060 / 0407 908 504

AusLink Black Spot Programme funding allocations

State
2004-05
$m
2005-06
$m
2006-07
$m
2007-08
$m
Total
$m
New South Wales
14.8
14.3
14.3
14.3
57.6
Victoria
10.3
10.4
10.4
10.4
41.5
Queensland
8.7
8.9
8.9
8.9
35.5
Western Australia
4.3
4.7
5
5
18.9
South Australia
3.6
3.4
3.5
3.5
14
Tasmania
1.6
1.2
1.1
1.1
5
Northern Territory
0.6
0.7
0.7
0.7
2.7
Australian Capital Territory
0.7
0.9
0.6
0.6
2.7
Total:
44.5
44.5
44.5
44.5
178

* Figures may not add precisely to totals due to rounding

Average number of projects funded each year

NSW
Vic
Qld
WA
SA
Tas
NT
ACT
TOTAL
98
53
70*
51
25*
20*
2
4*
323*