THE NSW government will spend an extra $15 million on road safety officer positions in councils across the state — including The Hills.
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott said the Local Government Road Safety program would give council officers longer-term funding for projects that address road safety issues in their community.
“Some of the projects run by local government address issues including speeding on local roads, drink driving and fatigue,’’ Mr Elliott said.
“Other projects target correct use and installation of child restraints, pedestrian safety and workshops on road safety for older road users.’’
The government has committed $5million a year for three years to the program, which will be run by Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety.
“This $15million for the Local Government Road Safety Program is additional to other NSW government initiatives to improve road safety, including the establishment of a Traffic and Highway Patrol command centre and the record rollout of flashing lights, which will see every school in NSW with a set by the end of 2015,” Mr Elliott said.
The program currently funds 76 full or part-time road safety officer positions within 91 NSW councils.
Road safety officers deliver local road safety education and are employed under a 50/50 funding agreement.