THE message from State Member for Murray Austin Evans is simple, if you break the law behind the wheel you will be caught.
Mr Evans said the NSW Government’s recently announced road safety plan included a range of measures aimed at reducing the road toll after 392 people died on NSW roads in 2017.
The package addresses speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, truck safety and funding to improve safety on country roads.
The measures also include expanding the mandatory alcohol interlock program to include all mid-range drink driving offenders.
Police will be given the power to issue on the spot fines and licence suspensions for low range drink driving.
A review into driving on prescription drugs has been requested by April and the NSW Sentencing Council will be tasked with reporting back on sentencing of repeat traffic offenders who may pose an ongoing risk to the community.
Legislation will also be amended to allow camera technology to be used to enforce mobile phone offences.
“Every 41 minutes in NSW someone is either killed or seriously injured on our roads, leaving families and friends with the heartache,’’ Mr Evans said.
“As a government we know we can do more and that is why this plan makes it clear if you break the law you will pay the price.’’
One of the biggest challenges remains on country roads, which accounted for almost 70 per cent of the state’s road toll last year.
“If you live in the country you are four times more likely to die in a road crash than if you live in metro NSW,” Mr Evans said.
To view the plan, visit towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan