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
- 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.
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