Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed $4.8 million in NSW Government funding to roll out 28 new highway patrol vehicles across the state 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 camera fines go. These funds go directly back into important road safety initiatives such as high visibility police enforcement.
Katrina said the new high visibility vehicles are being deployed to key crash hotspots on major routes and highways across the state.
“This is an investment in greater safety for our community and additional resources for our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“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 rolled out by next year.”
Ms Hodgkinson said the high visibility cars will be out on highways right across NSW where speeding is most likely to have devastating consequences.
“We’ve lost more than 280 people on our roads so far this year because of speed related crashes,” she said.
“We are seeing an increase in fatal crashes right across the state, and in particular on regional roads.”
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.
This is an investment in greater safety for our community and additional resources for our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers.