Taking action to save lives on Indian Ocean Drive
08 Nov 2017
The State Government is taking immediate action to save lives and reduce road trauma on Indian Ocean Drive, by reducing the speed limit to 100km/h.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron joined Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to present the recommendations of the Indian Ocean Drive Safety Review, undertaken by the Road Safety Commission, Main Roads WA and WA Police Force.
“An immediate reduction of the speed limit on Indian Ocean Drive from 110kmh to 100kmh will have little impact on your journey time, but it will have a big impact on road safety,” said Mr Cameron.
“Speed surveys conducted by Main Roads WA as part of the safety review found that 50 per cent of drivers travelled that road at between 99 and 103 kmh, so this reduction in speed limit aligns with the median speed of most drivers.
50 per cent of drivers travelled that road at between 99 and 103 kmh.
“But this is just one step to saving lives on Indian Ocean Drive, with concentrated police enforcement and education campaigns to continue, audible edge and centre lines have already been installed and improvements to intersections and signage are on the short-term agenda.”
The Indian Ocean Drive Safety Review Group considered a Safe System approach, as well as expert advice and community input to improve road safety on Indian Ocean Drive, with another recommendation aimed to reduce the risk of head-on, side swipe and run off road crashes.
“We have recommended that a one-metre Wide Centre Line Treatment (WCLT) with Audio Tactile Line Marking (ATLM) be installed on Indian Ocean Drive,” said Mr Cameron.
“This road safety treatment has been trialled in WA and used successfully on the Bruce Highway in Queensland, but this will be the longest use of the Wide Centre Line Treatment (WCLT) with Audio Tactile Line Marking (ATLM) in WA.”
This road safety treatment has been trialled in WA and used successfully on the Bruce Highway in Queensland.
Mrs Roberts convened the multi-agency review group in August to review road safety on Indian Ocean Drive between Two Rocks and Lancelin after the loss of seven lives on the road.
The report Safe System Review (PDF, 1.18 MB) – Indian Ocean Drive Two Rocks to Lancelin is available to view and download.
PDF for download
Safe System Review – Indian Ocean Drive Two Rocks to Lancelin (PDF, 1.18 MB)