Premier Mark McGowan has ruled out slowing down the State with blanket speed cuts of 10km/h to reduce the road toll.
The measure was one of the more radical options put to the community as part of the Road Safety Council’s consultation, which started on Saturday, to develop WA’s new road safety strategy.
Lowering the speed on all roads by 10km/h other than highways and freeways, paired with other measures, has been modelled to prevent 500 deaths on WA’s roads over a decade compared to current trends.
The RSC has gone to the community to gather feedback on whether the idea is palatable, however, Mr McGowan said neither he nor his government would support blanket cuts.
“An across the board 10km/h cut on the speed limit is not something I support, it’s not something we will do,” he said.
“But we’ll look at the other recommendations of the report.
“The government is doing a whole range of things, we are enhancing the drug and alcohol testing … we’ve obviously put a huge effort into regional roads, the biggest spend in history on regional roads to keep them safe.”
The Premier’s position comes after Deputy Premier Roger Cook said on Sunday the government would not implement the paper unless it got widespread community support.
“The deaths on our roads is unacceptable, it is important the road safety council canvasses all opportunities and all ideas in terms of having to put the downward pressure on the number of deaths and injuries on our roads,” Mr Cook said at the time.
“We will wait for the consultation to occur in relation to this discussion paper and we look forward to seeing more proposals from the RSC.
“It is important we have this community conversation because we want to drive the road toll down.”
Mr Cook said he would personally be happier to drive 10km/h slower but it was not everyone’s idea about how to improve road safety.