WA road toll: $145.7 million to be spent on improving road safety in WA

A Marangaroo man has been charged with assault on an officer.
A Marangaroo man has been charged with assault on an officer.

The State Government has allocated $145.7 million to improve road safety in 2016-17.

In 2015, 161 people lost their lives on WA roads, with 87 on regional roads compared to 74 in the metro area.

The Government said $64.9 million would be spent to improve regional road safety, including overtaking lanes, wire rope barriers, audible line edging and road widening.

“The over-representation of fatal crashes on regional roads is unacceptable, and while personal responsibility is the number one solution, as a Government we will do all we can to make our roads safer and more forgiving in the event of a crash,” she said.

All the funds come from the Road Trauma Trust Account, and the initiatives also include $20 million for metro area intersection improvements and $12 million to finish off the flashing 40km/h school zone sign project.