Drivers encouraged to nominate risky local roads

The Wheatbelt community has the opportunity to nominate dangerous roads and intersections around the state as part of RAC’s fifth Risky Roads campaign. 

In 2017 Great Eastern Highway from The Lakes to Northam and Merredin to Southern Cross was named as the third riskiest road in the state.

Toodyay Road from Red Hill to Toodyay and Great Southern Highway from York to Cranbrook came in at number four and five.

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs Will Golsby, said Risky Roads is the state’s largest road infrastructure survey and gives people the opportunity to voice their concerns and create positive change on WA roads.

“There is more than 187,000 kilometres of road in Western Australia and no one knows those roads better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on them every day,” he said.

“Nominations are encouraged from all corners of the State, so whether a local street or major highway, if you know a road that’s unsafe don’t just avoid it, nominate it.”

More than 6,000 nominations were received in the 2016 Risky Roads Survey, since then more than half of the top 20 riskiest roads and intersections identified have had funding allocated to improve road safety. 

“The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and history shows the voice of the community and the results from the campaign can lead to genuine change,” Mr Golsby said.

“Western Australia consistently ranks as one of the nation’s worst when it comes to road fatalities and serious injuries. 

“Last year 161 people were tragically killed on WA roads and many more were seriously injured.

“Every life lost on our roads is one too many which is why we’re calling on the WA community to nominate dangerous roads and intersections, so we can advocate for change and ultimately save lives and prevent serious injuries.”

To participate, visit www.rac.com.au/riskyroads or request a nomination form by calling RAC on 9436 4598. 

Nominations close 17 December 2018.