164 people were killed on WA roads in 2019. Driver behaviour was a factor in 59 per cent of fatal crashes.
Road user behaviour, including speeding, drink and drug driving, and distraction, all increase the risk of road trauma. All road users have a duty to behave both responsibly and legally, so we all get home safely.
Speeding (or driving at a speed inappropriate for the road conditions) is the leading behavioural factor contributing to fatal crashes on WA roads, which is why RAC advocates for safe speed limits which are appropriately enforced.
Many drivers believe driving a few kilometres over the speed limit is socially acceptable, however increasing your speed, even by just a few kilometres an hour, increases breaking distance and significantly increases the risk of a crash, serious injury and/or death.
Inattention is now one of the leading behavioural causes of death and serious injury on our roads. Inattention may occur for many reasons, such as fatigue, stress, incoming text messages or passenger distraction. A 2018 RAC survey found that 80 per cent of WA motorists use their phone behind the wheel, despite 90 per cent admitting it was dangerous to do so.
To help combat the growing distraction epidemic on our roads, RAC launched the Look Up campaign, which encourages drivers to focus on what's most important; getting to their destination safely.
Drive in the moment
Learn about the dangers of distracted driving and how you can reduce your mobile phone use behind the wheel, with our new Drive in the Moment online toolkit.
Alcohol and drugs
Any substance that reduces a person’s driving ability and their capacity to make sound decisions is a problem for road safety and places all road users at risk.
Alcohol and drugs affect decision-making, reaction times, speed and distance judgements. They also impact concentration, balance and alertness and can give drivers a false sense of confidence, which encourages risk taking.
Fatigue is a silent killer. Driving tired slows down your reaction time and decreases your alertness.
The reaction time of a driver who has been awake for 17 to 19 hours is similar to that of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05. If you're too tired to drive, don't drive. If you can safely share the responsibility, plan breaks every two hours and switch drivers throughout your trip.
RAC's position on safe road users
RAC advocates for all Western Australians, whether they are a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or public transport user.
These documents outline our public policy positions, and what we are calling on from the State and Federal Governments to support better mobility for Western Australians.