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Road safety spotlight on rural roads in August

A national awareness campaign targets safety on regional and rural roads during the month of August, when the majority of road trauma occurs in Western Australia.

06 Aug 2019
Rural Road Safety Month is an Australia Road Safety Foundation initiative that aims to involve the community in improving safety on country roads, from changing driver behaviour to raising awareness in the local community.

In 2018, 159 people lost their lives on Western Australia roads, with 99 of those people killed while travelling on regional and remote roads.

A Safe System approach to road safety implements actions for safe roads and roadsides, safe vehicles, safe road use and safe speeds to reduce run off road crashes, which are the most common crash type in country WA.

The State Government remains committed to reducing road trauma on regional roads with ongoing work to improve infrastructure on regional roads including wider shoulders, roadside barriers and audible edge and centre lines.

Buying a vehicle with standard safety features such as lane departure warning or lane keep assist in vehicles at all price points will also save lives on regional roads.

WA Police Force’s Regional Enforcement Unit monitors driver behaviour on country roads, in addition to officers from local police stations, enforcing WA’s road rules and reducing risk-taking behaviours such as speeding and drink/drug driving.

Slowing down and driving to the conditions of the road is important, with rain, fog, bushfire smoke, unsealed roads and stray animals all posing a risk to rural drivers in WA.

Take the rural road safety pledge and let your family and friends know that you #ChooseRoadSafety on social media.
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