As the NSW government works on dealing with the issues on the increase of road deaths in the state’s country roads, new ideas are being proposed to deal with the problem, from improved vehicle signs in Sydney, to increased camera use. However, it seems that one of the more notable proposals looks like it might split the government parties in half.
With regard to said mentioned proposal, the National MPs are opposing it, which would result in the greater use of more advanced speed-camera tech in order to counter increased accident numbers, with them saying that that would be in violation of a promise made to rural voters.
Members of the NSW Cabinet underwent a briefing late January 2018 on a range of possible changes to be made to road safety policies after the holidays’ death toll doubled to 28 compared to the preceding year, which came after 3 years of steady reduction, with an approximate increase of 20% and 85% in crashes from cars and light tracks, respectively. More than half of fatal crashes in NSW occur on the high-speed country roads, according to data shown by the government.
NSW, as a fact, remains the only state in Australia not utilizing point-to-point speed camera technology. This tech functions by averaging a vehicle’s speed over extended distances, both for cars and trucks, which allows it to catch speeders over long stretches of road.
Proposals that say it should be used are being considered by the NSW Government, with approval from doctors and road safety experts.
A number of Nationalists MPs, however, has said that the party would not approve of that, saying that the party’s previous Roads Minister Duncan Gay that limiting the use of said cameras’ use was a commitment would not change.
Other measures, which may or may not include changes to vehicle signs in Sydney, are under debate. One proposal are on-the-spot licence suspensions for any driver caught speeding, among others.
Roads Minister Melinda Pavey has yet to release any sort of statement on the matter, but, according to one of her spokespeople, the NSW government is currently working on the final version of their new Road Safety Plan, to be released in due time.