How road safety is changing for good
Time and time again, roundabouts have proven safer than stop signs or signals at an intersection.
Roundabouts work by slowing the speed of motorists and directing all traffic in one direction so that if a crash does happen, impact speed is likely to be low and the angle of collision is less severe by avoiding dangerous 'T-bone' crashes.
Flexible barriers prevent cars from running off the road or into oncoming traffic. If a collision does occur, it is with the barrier rather than a solid object beside the road or oncoming vehicle. The barrier is more forgiving and absorbs much of the force, reducing the impact to the human body and allowing the vehicle to come to a gradual standstill, rather than a sudden stop. Flexible barriers have been successful in reducing the number of run-off-road crashes by 80-90%, largely in regional Victoria.
Tactile surfaces are raised or grooved patterns along a road, intended to provide motorists with an audible warning that their vehicle is straying from the travel lane, usually as a result of the driver being drowsy or distracted.
When a vehicle leaves the road, especially at high speeds, stopping and/or steering back into the traffic lane is easier if the tyres are able to grip onto a sealed shoulder, rather than trying to find traction on loose gravel.
Lane markings help drivers guide their vehicles through turning movements.
Digital speed/Red light intersection cameras
Failing to stop at a red light often results in one of Victoria's most common crash types – side impacts at intersections. That's why red light cameras have been operating at Victorian intersections since 2005 at sites based on crash history.