So far this year, we’ve tragically lost 283 people on our roads - 37 more than this time last year. 124 of those were speed-related crashes.
To help drive down the road toll and halt dangerous drivers, the State Government has invested $4.8 million to roll out 28 new highway patrol vehicles.
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. The new Highway Patrol fleet will also include seven brand new 4WD vehicles which will be used further afield on regional roads, where standard highway patrol vehicles cannot go.
More patrol cars on our national routes will greatly improve the NSW Police’s ability to enforce road safety for the benefit of all road users. It’s not about revenue raising but awareness raising, and a greater police presence on our roads will certainly make people think twice about their driving behaviour.
For more info the Towards Zero program visit http://www.towardszero.nsw.gov.au/.