Why safe roads matter

A $1.4 Billion investment to make our roads safe is now underway.

Safe roads can reduce the most common types of crashes.

  • Vehicles leaving the road.
  • Head-on collisions.
  • Side-impacts at intersections.
  • Collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.

A disproportionate number of country people are losing their lives on country roads. New safety infrastructure on regional roads has been proven to prevent and reduce the severity
of crashes.

Investment breakdown:

  • 56% on High speed rural roads (barriers, tactile lines, signage/line marking).
  • 34% Intersections, local streets and blackspots (barriers, intersection upgrades, 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: Are one of the safest intersection treatments. They work by slowing the speed of motorists and directing traffic in one direction. If a crash does occur, the impact speed and angle of the collision is less severe by avoiding a ‘T-Bone” crash.
  • Flexible barriers: Prevent cars from running off the road or into oncoming traffic. The barrier is forgiving and absorbs much of the force in a collision, reducing the impact to the human body and allowing the vehicle to come to a gradual standstill.
  • Tactile surfaces: Are raised or grooved patterns along a road, to provide motorists with an audible warning that their vehicle is straying from their travel lane.
  • Sealed shoulders: 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 to a sealed shoulder, rather than trying to find traction on loose gravel.
  • Lane markings: Help drivers guide their vehicles through turning movements.

Find out more about how we're making rural roads safer as part of the Towards Zero Action Plan

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

Head-on collisions

Side-impacts at intersections