Speed cameras should fund school crossings, says McGrath

Member for South Perth John McGrath MLA will call on the State Government to use funding from speed camera revenue to revamp school crossings and improve children’s safety.

Mr McGrath also said Local Government should be funded to administer the program, and that funding from speed camera revenue should also be used to roll out flashing lights in all school zones.

Mr McGrath said his proposal would fit neatly into the State Government’s plan to direct all speed camera revenue into road safety initiatives.

Under the current system, 30 per cent of speed camera revenue is directed into the Road Trauma Trust Fund and the remainder goes into State Treasury coffers.

“I am sure that directing all those fines into well-badged road safety initiatives will ease the cynicism among many motorists that speed cameras are simply revenue raisers for the Government,” he said.

Mr McGrath said he would raise the matter in a letter to Police Minister Rob Johnson.

Mr McGrath said he welcomed Mr Johnson’s decision to put on hold a proposal that would have taken away Police Department funding for crossing wardens at 18 schools across WA, including one in Coode Street, South Perth, for Wesley College.

“This is good news for those schools,” Mr McGrath said.

Mr McGrath said he did not believe that responsibility for the school crossing program should not come under the Police Department.

“Under the current system if a warden is sick the department has to take two officers away from regular duties to look after the crossing,” he said. “While the safety of our children is imperative, that is clearly not the best use of police resources.

“It would be much better for the State Government to adequately fund Local authorities to take over this responsibility for school crossing wardens in their areas.”

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