Byron Bay among first to receive new Highway Patrol Vehicles
North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has welcomed $4.8 million in NSW Government funding to roll out a series of new highway patrol vehicles across the state. Byron Bay is one of the very first regions to receive one of these new vehicles, which are intended to crack down on dangerous drivers and help reduce the road toll.
The vehicles are funded through the Community Road Safety Fund where speed and red light cameras fines go. These funds go directly back into important road safety initiatives such as high visibility police enforcement.
Mr Franklin said the new high visibility vehicles are being deployed to key crash hotspots on major routes and highways across the state.
“We’ve lost more than 280 people on our roads so far this year because of speed related crashes,” Mr Franklin said.”
“This is an investment in greater safety for our community and additional resources for our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers.
“We are seeing an increase in fatal crashes right across the state, and in particular on regional roads.
“To address this spike, many of these vehicles will be rolled out to the regions, particularly on highways leading in and out of Sydney.
“Of the 28 new vehicles, 14 have already been delivered and are on the road in Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Armidale, Tweed, Dubbo, Byron Bay, Grafton, the Hunter, Nowra, Goulburn, Gundagai, Albury and Lismore. The remaining 14 vehicles will be delivered progressively by next year.
“Drivers who continue to disobey the law while families are torn apart by loss of life on the road will have no excuse when they are caught – irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated on NSW roads.
“The high visibility cars will be out on highways right across NSW where speeding is most likely to have devastating consequences.
“Speeding kills and now those who flout the law have another 28 reasons to think twice about their driving behaviour or risk being caught.”
The new Highway Patrol fleet will include seven brand new 4WD vehicles which will be used further afield on regional roads, where standard highway patrol vehicles cannot go.