State MP for Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Scott believes speed limits on wide open regional roads should be increased to as much as 130km/h.
The Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Member on Friday told the Kalgoorlie Miner he would like to see the speed limit on open roads raised to 120km/h and up to 130km/h on certain stretches.
His comments come after The Weekend West revealed the Road Safety Council had suggested dropping the speed limit to slash the road toll over the next decade.
Under one of the council’s proposals the speed limit on all roads between 40km/h and 100km/h would fall by 10km/h.
The speed limit of 110km/h zones — outside highways and freeways — would also fall by 10km/h, to 100km/h.
But Mr Scott, who claims he has never had a car accident, believes dropping speed limits by 10km/h would be “infuriating the majority of drivers”.
“When I’m driving in the country I am 100 per cent attentive to the chore at hand and that is driving the vehicle,” he said.
“When I see a car coming towards me I am paying attention, I’m watching them, and if they start to move over towards me I start to react.
“I would like to see the speed limit raised to 120km/h and on some sections on some of these long, long stretches I reckon we should take it up to 130km/h because if you are doing 130km/h you are paying attention.”
Mr Scott said road maintenance and driver education were key to slashing road fatalities.
“It’s just unfortunate we have people on the roads who just do not realise that they are driving a missile,” he said.
“Unless you are in control of that missile you are going to come to grief.
“You see it all the time. You see people driving along and their mind is completely elsewhere.”
Mr Scott said learning to drive properly started at home.
“Those poor learner drivers are being taught all the bad skills before they’ve even got a licence,” he said.
“The main thing is mum and dad driving instructors who have picked up all the wrong driving skills and are transferring it on to their children.
“I believe mums and dads should have to have some level of skill before they’re allowed to take little Johnny or little Mary out in the family shopper.”