Page 299 - Week 01 - Thursday, 14 February 1991

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School Closures - New Traffic Arrangements

MRS GRASSBY: My question is to Mr Humphries. Is it true that, of the $200,000 allocated for new traffic arrangements resulting from school closures, $210,000 was spent outside Lyons school?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I do not know the answer to that question. I very much doubt it; but I am happy to take that question on notice and I will get back to Mrs Grassby on the subject.

Christmas Road Safety Campaign

MR JENSEN: Mr Speaker, my question is directed to Mr Collaery, in his capacity as Attorney-General. Members will probably be well aware of the road safety campaign that was conducted over the Christmas period. Can the Attorney advise members of the Assembly how successful that campaign was?

MR COLLAERY: I thank Mr Jensen for the question. I can inform the house that the AFP did, in fact, conduct a Christmas road safety campaign during the period 29 November to 24 December 1990. The campaign was given a high profile by the media, and I publicly record the Government's thanks and the community's gratitude for the efforts the media went to in reducing the road toll.

Mr Speaker, the campaign was conducted by utilising slant radar, random breath testing - that is, RBT - and normal patrol squads. The results of the road safety campaign were that 17,731 RBTs were conducted, resulting in 123 drivers being equal to or over the then prescribed concentration of alcohol of .08. Mr Speaker, 2,041 persons had positive readings up to and including .05 and 672 had readings of between .05 and .08. I stress that these readings were taken before the implementation of the changes on 1 January.

Mr Speaker, 819 drivers were detected exceeding the speed limit. The highest speed was 150 kilometres per hour on Belconnen Way, where an 80 kilometres per hour speed limit is applicable. A further 59 miscellaneous offences, including unregistered vehicles, smooth tyres and unlicensed drivers, were detected. Mr Speaker, 370 traffic infringement notices or summons were issued for non-compliance with seat belt legislation. They consisted of 305 drivers, 49 passengers, six young persons and 10 children. In addition, 308 cautions were issued for non-compliance with seat belt legislation. They consisted of 162 drivers, 93 passengers, 31 young persons and 22 children. Mr Speaker, sadly, on 8 January 1991, one person died as a result of injuries he received in a two-car collision on Christmas eve. This was the only death in the

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