Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Road safety funding boost for Councils

The Victorian Government has announced it will provide a funding boost to the state’s councils, schools, and not-for-profit organisations to deliver road safety programs.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll said 232 initiatives funded as part of the $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program will deliver targeted education programs and provide localised solutions to road safety.

“Whether you are a student or retiree, a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, these grants assist in bringing lifesaving messages to every corner of our state,” said Minister Carroll.

“Sadly, too many communities understand the impact road trauma can have – this program gives schools and groups the opportunity to work together at a grassroots level to improve road safety.”

He said the funding will help all road user groups, including pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists and bike riders, and reach a range of ages from young students to retirees.

More than $700,000 has been invested in rural and regional communities to drive down trauma and address issues including vehicle safety, fatigue, and high-risk driver behaviour such as drink and drug driving.

This year’s grants program supports the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to halve road deaths and reduce serious injuries by 2030 and eliminate road deaths by 2050.

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