Spend more on road safety, less on aviation: expert

By: Jason Whittaker


A leading transport academic says governments need to spend more on road safety initiatives. Professor Kenneth Button of George Mason University

A leading transport academic says governments need to spend more on road safety initiatives.

Professor Kenneth Button of George Mason University in Washington DC says too much money is being spent needlessly on aviation safety.

Button argues governments will get "more bang for their buck" by investing in roads because they have a higher incident rate than aviation.

"If you have $2 million or $20 million you are much better spending on roads than aviation," he says.

Button, who is the director of the Centre for Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics in Virginia, made the comments during his address to the Bureau of Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Economics (BTIRE) conference in Canberra.

His call for more to be spent on roads comes at a time where key safety initiatives are either being held up or scrapped.

A $70 million road safety program to build more heavy vehicle rest areas announced by the Federal Government has been tied up in the Senate because the Opposition is blocking the road pricing amendments attached.

Meanwhile, the South Australian Government recently cut funding for community road safety campaigns in half in handing down its State Budget.

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