New measures aimed at reducing the number of people killed on the roads have been unveiled by New South Wales (NSW) Government as part of its new Road Safety Plan.

In 2017, 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads. To help cut these numbers and make roads and vehicles as safe as possible, the Road Safety Plan addresses speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, truck safety and funding to improve safety on country roads.

“Every 41 minutes in NSW someone is either killed or seriously injured on our roads, leaving families and friends with the heartache,” said Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “As a Government we know we can do more and that is why this Plan makes it clear if you break the law you will be caught and will pay the price. We also want to ensure that our public education campaigns are targeted in the right way.”

The measures include expanding the mandatory alcohol interlock program to include all mid-range drink driving offenders. Police are also being given the power to issue on-the-spot fines and licence suspensions for low range drink driving.

Additionally, the Plan includes amending legislation to allow camera technology to be used to enforce mobile phone offences.

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