The NSW Nationals in Government are continuing to deliver safer roads, with 98 priority projects set to begin across the State.

From the country to the coast, the NSW Nationals have put road safety high on the priority list and are ensuring that our communities can get home safely.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said his region would benefit from the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program, with multiple upgrades to begin this financial year.

“Country people make up a third of the NSW population, but last year fatalities on country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll,” Mr Grant said. “The shocking truth is that you are four times more likely to be killed on country roads compared to people who live in the city.”

The NSW Government announced the new Saving Lives on Country Roads infrastructure upgrade program as part of its Road Safety Plan 2021 and $50 million had been allocated in round one to deliver 98 priority safety projects.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said projects like the Pacific Highway upgrade at Stotts Creek were vital to preventing crashes.

“The Saving Lives on Country Roads Program aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by addressing high risk curves and installing safety features to prevent driver fatigue and lane departure crashes,” Mr Provest said.

NSW Nationals Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said the projects formed part of a $640 million program to deliver safety upgrades, part of a record $1.9 billion investment to improve road safety Statewide.

A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year. Along with these safety works, the Saving Lives on Country Roads advertising campaign continues to be rolled out to encourage drivers to think twice about their behaviour on the road.

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