Speed survey shows WA drivers slowing down

Media Statement from Liza Harvey & Troy Buswell

•More WA drivers complying with speed limits
•Metropolitan and rural motorists showing increased compliance
 
The Liberal-National Government has welcomed the results of the latest Main Roads speed survey which shows an increasing number of Western Australian drivers complying with speed limits.
Police and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the 2011 survey showed average speeds remained at or below the speed limit for all speed zones in metropolitan and rural areas.
“This is an encouraging result and shows the majority of WA drivers are doing the right thing by slowing down,” Mrs Harvey said.
"It is an indication that the State Government's road safety message is getting through."
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the survey revealed a favourable trend in metropolitan Perth, which had seen the proportion of vehicles exceeding speed limits by 10kmh or more drop from 12.6 per cent in 2000 to 5.8 per cent in 2011.
Mr Buswell said in rural areas the 2011 speed limit compliance rate of 70.4 per cent represented a significant increase from a rate of 60.6 per cent in 2000.
“However, there's still some work to be done in relation to WA drivers taking on board the road safety message that slowing down saves lives,” he said.
"That is why the Liberal-National Government has now dedicated 100 per cent of its red light and speed camera revenue to road safety initiatives.”
The Main Roads survey is conducted annually at 200 random sample sites measuring speeds of more than two million vehicles in free-flowing traffic.
 
Fact File
•Speed was a cause of 27 per cent of fatal crashes in WA in 2011
•Main Roads survey: 

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