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REGIONAL STUDENTS MEET
ROAD TRAUMA VICTIMS
Young students will meet
a person whose life has
been broken by road
trauma, as part of the RAC and
Paraplegic Beneﬁt Fund’s (PBF)
regional road safety program.
The RAC and PBF will deliver road
safety presentations to secondary
students across Western Australia.
The presentations will be
facilitated by an accident victim
who has sustained a spinal cord
injury, who will give a first-hand
account of the impact of road
crashes and provide strategies to
reduce their risk when they drive.
Extra presentations have been
added to the 2012 program to
enable more areas to be covered.
The RAC and PBF have a strong
commitment to promoting road
safety among young Western
Australians. The free presentations
are designed to educate students
As part of a commitment to the United Nations International
Decade of Action for Road Safety, the RAC has ofﬁcially
launched its member-based Road Safety Champions program.
The champions volunteered to be part of the program and have all
signed a road safety pledge. They were welcomed at two separate events
in November 2011 by Group CEO Terry Agnew, President Tim Shanahan,
Senior Vice President Esme Bowen and Executive General Manager Member
Advocacy and Policy Pat Walker.
At the event, RAC Head of Member Advocacy Matt Brown spoke
to them about the RAC's work in road safety and how they can do
"This program is really about getting people to understand that
better road safety starts with them. We all think we're good drivers but
if everyone could improve their skills and behaviour by a small amount,
the roads would be a safer place," Mr Brown said.
"The RAC will be working with the Road Safety Champions to
spread our messages in the community and generate support for new
initiatives. This will be a two-way conversation and they will also be
coming to us with ideas and feedback."
The champions are spread across the metropolitan and regional WA.
The RAC is calling on the State Government
to deliver on its public commitments that speed
and red light camera revenue will be used for
additional road safety measures.
The move to direct 100 per cent of camera
revenue into the Road Trauma Trust Account was
warmly welcomed and applauded by the RAC on the
understanding that the money would be in addition to
existing road safety efforts, like the Black Spots and Safer
The RAC has used its submission on the 2012/13 State
Budget to ensure this commitment is met.
The submission calls for continued funding for Black
Spots ($20 million p.a.) and Safer Roads ($35 million p.a.)
over the forward estimates from consolidated revenue.
This would ensure the expected additional $230 million
going into the Trust Account over the next four years
would be spent on new measures such as country road
and metropolitan intersection safety improvements.
RAC Head of Member Advocacy Matt Brown said it
was essential that no cost-shifting takes place.
"This money should not be used to fund existing
programs, otherwise the government's promise of
improved road safety will amount to nothing," he said.
Mr Brown said the RAC would call on both major
parties to guarantee no cost-shifting as part of their
policy commitments in the lead-up to the next election.
The RAC has also used its State Budget submission to
argue for increased investment in public transport and
commitments for new road infrastructure projects.
RAC Executive General
Advocacy and Policy
Pat Walker, President Tim
Shanahan and Group CEO
Terry Agnew have met with
Premier Colin Barnett to
discuss a range of issues
affecting RAC members.
The talks covered road safety
and road infrastructure
spending, concerns over
increasing trafﬁc congestion,
public transport investments
The RAC's Pat Walker, Tim Shanahan
and Terry Agnew met with Premier
Colin Barnett to discuss a range of issues.
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