Posted on 26. Feb, 2013 in News

The Baillieu Government is failing Victorian motorists by refusing to release a detailed road safety strategy, instead relying on spin and thought bubbles, Shadow Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said today.

Mr Donnellan said the latest thought bubble from the Baillieu Government – a proposal to investigate introducing radars that detect tailgating – seemed more about revenue raising than reducing the road toll.

“Premier Baillieu and Terry Mulder have had more than two years to release a detailed road safety strategy, but failed,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The Baillieu Government seems more interested in window dressing and revenue raising than tackling the serious issues of road safety and reducing the road toll.

“Today’s announcement of an investigation into using tailgating radar technology is not an action plan, just more spin from a do nothing Government.

“The Baillieu Government has failed to put a cost estimate on the proposal, when or if it would be delivered or detail what strain this proposal will put on police resources.”

Mr Donnellan said the Baillieu Government had slashed more than 1200 jobs from VicRoads, Department of Justice and Victoria Police, yet Mr Baillieu expected these same workers to implement the policy if it ever got off the ground.

“Labor produced a road safety action plan in 2011, yet here we are in 2013 and the Baillieu Government has produced nothing but thought bubbles and number plate slogans.

“It should not take more than two years to produce a road safety strategy that saves Victorian lives.”

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