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The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (14:35): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Health and Wellbeing representing the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services a question regarding the road toll.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: The road toll in South Australia continues to grow at an alarming rate, currently standing at 53 fatalities, which is 19 more than at the same time last year. I understand an urgent forum was organised in May amongst the state's road safety experts to address the rising road toll. Can the Minister advise the outcome of this meeting, with details about the initiatives to be implemented?

The Hon. S.G. WADE (Minister for Health and Wellbeing) (14:36): I thank the honourable member for his question and undertake to seek an answer from the minister in the other place.

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Response

18 June 2019

The Hon. S.G. WADE (Minister for Health and Wellbeing): The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services has advised:

The meeting brought together key industry stakeholders, including industry experts, to address road safety in South Australia. Topics of discussion during the forum included regional fatalities and penalties and enforcement.

Attendees of the forum were pleased to hear that the state government had secured more than $2 billion in federal government funding in the federal budget to fix South Australia's regional roads. Further to this, the Marshall Liberal government has just announced that it will be injecting more than $1 billion to address the state's regional roads which were left neglected by the previous government.

Penalties and enforcement were raised as an important strategy to tackle high-range speeding offences and other reckless behaviour on South Australian roads.

Speeding fines act as a deterrent to speeding and that's why the Marshall Liberal government recently announced that it will come down harder on high-range speeding offenders and reckless driving behaviour by increasing fines for those who thumb their nose at the road laws.

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