RAC has released the results of its latest Risky Roads survey, which asked the community to identify WA’s most dangerous roads and intersections.
Topping the results as the most dangerous road in regional WA was Bussell Highway between Busselton and Capel, with motorists raising concerns over a lack of overtaking opportunities, narrow lanes and poor traffic separation.
View results here.
The riskiest intersection in regional WA was the Albany Highway and South Coast Highway intersection in Orana, with motorists pointing to a confusing layout and difficulty in crossing traffic.
RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said the survey received more than 6,000 nominations from all over the State.
“No one knows our roads better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on them every day,” Mr Golsby said.
“RAC’s Risky Roads survey empowers Western Australians to voice their concerns about dangerous roads and intersections, so we can work together with the relevant authorities to have them fixed and to ultimately save lives.
“Thank you to the RAC members and those in the wider community who took the time to submit a nomination.”
In 2018, WA had the worst road fatality rate of any mainland state in Australia.
“WA has one of the worst road safety records in the nation and these latest results further highlight the urgent need for funding to repair and upgrade our roads,” Mr Golsby said.
“If WA was simply in line with the national average, more than 40 Western Australian lives would have been saved last year. If we had matched Victoria’s rate, we would have almost halved our 2018 road toll.”
“Many crashes which result in death or serious injury could be avoided through low-cost safety treatments, including sealing shoulders and installing audible edge lines, so we have a real opportunity to reverse the overwhelming and unacceptable level of road trauma in Western Australia.
“With a road fatality rate six times higher than Perth, nowhere is the devastation more apparent than regional WA, which is why RAC is calling for an $800 million regional road safety package to be delivered over the next 10 years.”
Find out more information about RAC's Risky Roads survey via rac.com.au/riskyroads.
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Media contact: Steph Gavlak 0401 703 719 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online nominations were made via the interactive mapping platform, CrowdSpot