Why safe roads matter
A $1 Billion investment in improving our roads is the cornerstone of the Towards Zero Strategy.
The Safer System Roads Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) is a partnership between the TAC and VicRoads to deliver safer roads infrastructure throughout Victoria. The TAC has committed $1 billion to the program over 10 years, with VicRoads responsible for managing the projects. This program will transform Victoria's highest risk roads into some of the state's safest.
Safer roads can reduce the most common crash types:
- Vehicles leaving the road.
- Head-on collisions.
- Side-impacts at intersections.
- Collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.
These life-saving changes are planned to be complete by 2020.
Road infrastructure plays a vital role in reducing crashes and the severity of injuries if there is an accident.
- 56% on high-speed rural roads (barriers, tactile lines, signage/line marking).
- 34% on intersections, local streets and blackspots (barriers, intersection treatments, traffic calming treatments in local streets).
- 10% on infrastructure for pedestrians and safe cycling.
Protection for vulnerable road users:
- Separate lanes for cyclists.
- Raised crossings for pedestrians.
- Traffic calming in busy areas such as shopping strips.
Features of safe roads:
- Roundabouts have been proven to be safer than stop signs or signals at an intersection. Roundabouts work by slowing down vehicles and directing all traffic in one direction - if a crash does happen it is usually less severe.
- Flexible barriers, such as wire rope 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 an oncoming vehicle. The barrier absorbs much of the force reducing the impact and allowing the vehicle to come to a gradual standstill. Flexible barriers have successfully reduced the number fatalities and serious injuries from sustained from run-off-road crashes by 80-90%, largely in regional Victoria.
- Tactile surfaces are raised or grooved patterns along a road, to provide motorists with an audible warning that their vehicle is going off the road. This usually happens when a driver is drowsy or distracted.
- Sealed shoulders allow tyres to grip the road rather than trying to find traction on loose gravel, if a vehicle leaves the road.
Evaluations of SSRIP so far show:
- an average 30% reduction of casualty crashes
- a 35% reduction of intersection crashes
- 26% reduction in run off road crashes.
Vehicles leaving the road
Side-impacts at intersections