WA road fatalities
We look into the numbers of WA road fatalities, what makes us crash, and how the age of our car affects the outcome
With urgent Government action we can prevent more than 2,100 serious crashes from occurring in regional communities. Saving thousands of people from death and serious injury.
Help us save lives on our regional roads by writing to your State or Federal Member of Parliament, expressing your support for a Regional Road Safety Package, which would fund vital upgrades to 17,000 kms of our regional road network.
In just five years, more than 500 people have been killed and 2,700 seriously injured on WA's regional roads - a devastating reality for our regional communities and the equivalent of wiping out the entire population of a small town.
Shockingly, deaths on regional roads occur at four times the national average.
Nearly 70 per cent of all serious crashes in regional WA involve cars running off the road or drifting into the path of oncoming traffic - deaths and serious injuries that could be avoided with low-cost road upgrades.
RAC is calling on the State and Federal Governments to fund a Regional Road Safety Package, which would:
✔ Prevent more than 2,100 serious crashes causing death and serious injury
✔ Reduce regional road trauma by an unprecedented 60 per cent
This $900 million package would upgrade 17,000 kms of WA's regional road network, by installing low-cost safety treatments which help prevent fatal and serious crashes.
Low-cost safety treatments are cost-effective road upgrades which can significantly reduce the risk and severity of a crash. The treatments this Package would fund include:
Audible Line Markings:
Also known as rumble strips, Audible Tactile Line Marketing (ATLM) are narrow lines of raised or grooved material along the edge or in the centre of a road, designed to alert the driver when they're drifting out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The sound and vibration of a tyre passing over these lines allows the driver to correct their path, reducing the likelihood of a crash.
Sealed Road Shoulders:
Sealed road shoulders refer to the asphalted or sealed strips at the edge of a road, outside of the white lines that mark a traffic lane. Unsealed road shoulders are usually gravel or grass and make it difficult to steer and brake at high speed, increasing the chances of a crash.