May 15, 2016

ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY – SAVING LIVES IN WESTERN VICTORIA

Victorians are four times more likely to die on rural roads, with a disproportionate number of country people losing their lives.

Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy and Action plan, Towards Zero 2016-2020, includes $340 million to reduce the road toll and upgrade more than 2,500 kilometres of rural and regional roads across the state.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the investment which will upgrade roads across Ballarat and Western Victoria.

Twenty known crash black spots have been identified and Western Victoria will be safer with:

  • Western Fwy between From M80 Ring Road / Sunshine West and Ballarat will be upgraded with flexible roadside barriers and rumble strips. This road has seen 8 fatalities over a five year period.
  • Midland Highway between Ballarat and Creswick will be upgraded with flexible centre-line barriers and/or wide centre-line and rumble strips. This road has seen 3 fatalities over a five year period.
  • Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road between Geelong and Bacchus Marsh will be upgraded with flexible centre-line barriers and rumble strips. This road has seen 7 fatalities over a five year period.

High-speed rural roads that carry medium volumes of traffic will be safer with the installation of rumble strips and wide centre-lines to better separate oncoming traffic.

These have been shown to reduce the number of lane-departure crashes on these sections by as much as 49 per cent.

Curve treatments like advance warning signs and reflective guide posts will also be installed to make it safer and easier for people to navigate windy roads.

Nearly half of all road deaths and a quarter of all serious injuries happen on roads posted at 100 and 110km/h. The installation of 330kms of flexible barriers will help to reduce run-off road and head-on crashes by up to 85 percent on these sections.

The package is a key component of Towards Zero 2016-2020 – Victoria’s most ambitious action plan to reduce our road toll to below 200 by 2020.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

 “The increasing number of fatalities on our roads is alarming. Reducing the toll to below 200 within five years is the most ambitious road safety target in Victoria’s history.”

“These safety improvements will deliver significant benefits where the most fatalities happen – on country roads.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“Victorians are four times more likely to die on rural roads. If we want to reduce the road toll, our efforts need to begin in regional Victoria.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

 “Everyone in our community knows someone who has lost a loved one to the road toll. These upgrades will make Ballarat safer, and save lives.”