Extra officers deployed to boost traffic safety

Published 25th September, 2014 in Police & Justice

Extra Motorcycle response team (MRT) officers and bikes have been deployed across Sydney and Parramatta CBD.

Minister Gay greeting new MRT Police Officers
Minister Gay greeting new MRT Police Officers

The NSW Government will use funding from the Community Road Safety Fund (CRSF) to deploy 4 extra MRT officers in Sydney and Parramatta. This will take the total number of highly-visible MRT units to 24 across the Greater Sydney and Western Sydney regions.

The CRSF is supplement by revenues from speed camera fines. The government reinvests these funds back into projects to improve road safety.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the increased police presence is expected to ease frustrations for motorists and deliver improved road safety benefits, including reducing pedestrian deaths.

“The community can be confident knowing these high-visibility teams will have a presence in highly congested areas, including Military Road in Mosman, Oxford Street to Syd Einfield Drive in Bondi, and King Street and City Road in Newtown”, Mr Gay said.

The MRT is proven as an effective way of targeting known traffic trouble spots. Minister Gay said in the first 15 months of operation, there was a 30% reduction in pedestrian crashes in MRT-patrolled areas.

The motorcycle response team is one of a number of ongoing congestion cutting initiatives, which include the $246 million Pinch Points Program and the Sydney Clearways Strategy.

More information about the Motorcycle Response Team visit the Transport for NSW Road Safety website.

Published 25th September, 2014 in Police & Justice