The State Government will consider tougher speeding fines in a penalties review after its road safety advisers recommended bigger deterrents were needed.
Road Safety Council chairman Murray Lampard said the council believed penalties should be increased for many serious breaches of road rules including speeding. He said other States had much higher penalties and a real deterrent for speeding.
It was the first revelation about findings from an independent review with the council and Government tight-lipped on details.
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the Government was yet to consider the proposed changes and did not want to pre-empt considerations.
In an opinion piece in _The West Australian _today, Professor Lampard urged the Government to show the same "political will" as other States and ignore the small minority who opposed changes to speed limits, enforcement and roads in the bid to save lives.
He said WA drivers were no worse than motorists elsewhere but the State had the worst death rate. It lagged behind the evidence-based road safety initiatives and enforcement in Victoria - the Australian leader.
Professor Lampard said that if WA had the same fatality rate as Victoria last year, about 63 people would have lived.
Tougher penalties, alcohol locks for repeat drink drivers, a radar detector ban, more visible police patrols and safer roads all combined to cut Victoria's toll, Professor Lampard said.
The Road Safety Council is also pushing for a trial of point-to-point speed cameras, which measure speed over longer distances.
_Premier Colin Barnett has previously refused to commit to a trial. _
Shadow road safety minister Michelle Roberts said the Government lacked leadership on road safety.
"The RSC and Office of Road Safety have become toothless tigers and are being ignored by the Government," she said.
"Why wouldn't you implement strategies that could save dozens of lives each year?"
Professor Lampard did not believe the council and its world-class road safety strategy Towards Zero were being ignored. "But the sooner the State Government endorses recommendations from the Road Safety Council, the more lives we'll save on the road," he said.Ms Harvey said WA had cut road deaths 20 per cent since 2008.