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we have a much more accurate picture through the use of the RAPID technology than we would ever have from having the sticker on the window. It is another demonstration of this government’s commitment to investing to help keep our roads safe.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, why is it that action items 14 and 15 were missing from the road safety report card?
MR CORBELL: Regrettably I do not have that information in front of me but I am happy to take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Porter, a supplementary question.
MS PORTER: Minister, how will the government’s alcohol interlock scheme contribute to road safety?
MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her supplementary question. Alcohol continues to pose a very significant problem on our roads with too many drivers continuing to be caught drink driving. In the 12 months to the end of March this year almost 1,350 people failed a random roadside breath test and 22 per cent of those were repeat offenders. This highlights why we need technology such as alcohol interlock to help tackle that recidivist behaviour we see from some drivers on our roads.
Alcohol interlocks will ensure that drivers convicted of having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or higher—three times the legal limit—must have an alcohol interlock fitted. That means they cannot start their cars unless they are sober. This program is going to be an important intervention in helping people stay on track once they have dealt with their drinking behaviours to make sure they do not drift back into dangerous behaviours. At the same time, it helps keep the general driving public safe, it helps keep pedestrians safe, and it helps keep cyclists safe because it means there is less chance of repeat drink-drivers getting back behind the wheel.
Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answers to questions without notice
MS GALLAGHER: Madam Speaker, earlier in question time I said there were no time lines set for the tabling of executive contracts. I have inadvertently misled the Assembly. Section 79 of the act requires contracts to be tabled within six sitting days of them being made.
The confusion has arisen—in my head anyway—because in the case of contracts requiring a performance agreement, that requirement is not met until the performance agreement is completed and returned, for which no time frame is associated. It has proven to be the conclusion of those arrangements which has been the most