Wheatbelt roads make state's most dangerous list

Four Wheatbelt roads have named as some of the most dangerous in the state, following the release of the RAC Risky Roads survey.

Great Eastern Highway at the Lakes, Northam and from Merredin to Coolgardie was named the third most dangerous road in regional WA, with motorists raising concerns over poor road surface quality, a lack of overtaking opportunities and tight curves or blind crests.

Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Bindoon was placed at number six, followed by Great Southern Highway between the Lakes and York at number eight and Toodyay Road between Gidgegannup and Toodyay at number 10.

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.

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.

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."