Run-off-road crashes decreasing
19 Dec 2016
Fewer West Australian drivers are losing control and running off regional roads due to road safety treatments such as shoulder widening and audible edge lines, according to new research by the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre.
The Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Rural Run Off-Road Crash program in WA found the program to be effective overall in reducing both the frequency and severity of run-off-road crashes.
The evaluation found that road treatments led to a 35.5% reduction in run-off-road crashes, an 18.4% reduction in run-off-road casualty crashes, and a 25.6% reduction in run-off-road killed and serious injury crashes, for all WA sites treated under the program.
The safety treatments in rural WA, funded in the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 budgets, improved 984 kilometres of roads. They were treated with shoulder widening and/or sealing, audible edge lines, or both. The total cost was $82.8 million.
Road Safety Commissioner, Kim Papalia said that single vehicle run-off road crashes equated to approximately 1,000 deaths and serious injuries in the state annually.
“$82.8 million has been invested in shoulder widening, sealing, audible edge lines over 3 years,” he said. “This means that a total of 984 kilometres of rural and remote roads have been improved.”
Dr Kyle Chow, who presented the research findings to the Road Safety Commission of WA said that run-off-road crashes in regional and remote WA had accounted for almost 60% of all road deaths and serious injuries from 2008 to 2012.
“It is recommended that the run-off-road crash program be continued, as its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness are apparent,” he said.