By Lauren Reid
Last updated on: November 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm
The state election is fast approaching, and RAA’s already out there lobbying on behalf of our members. From upgrades to the state’s riskiest roads to a speed camera commissioner, here are four things we’re calling for.
1. Monitoring speed cameras
Why are speed cameras on some roads, but not others? Do they reduce crashes? Many of you – our members – aren’t convinced, so we’re calling for changes when it comes to where these safety devices are installed, their accuracy and who monitors them.
What we want to see: A speed camera commissioner – an independent regulator who’ll monitor all fixed and mobile safety cameras in the state, making sure they’re working and reporting on any issues.
The number of offences detected as a result of fixed safety cameras in 2016–17.
The number of offences detected as a result of mobile safety cameras in 2016–17.
2. Upgrades to Horrocks Hwy
Uneven road surfaces, pot holes, narrow lanes and 22 crashes each year – it’s not surprising you voted this as the second most dangerous SA road in our latest Risky Roads survey. That’s why big upgrades are needed, especially on the stretch between Gawler and Clare.
What we want to see: About $126 million to add at least four new overtaking lanes, road barriers, resealing, and rumble strips to help reduce the risk of motorists running off the road.
3. Wider and more lanes on Victor Harbor Rd
Did you know there are 17 casualty crashes on Victor Harbor Rd every year? We suspect it might have something to do with risky overtaking by some motorists on this single-lane, narrow road. With more than 21,000 vehicles travelling between Main South Rd and McLaren Vale each day, this road should be two lanes in both directions.
What we want to see: About $620 million to make it two lanes each way from Main South Rd to Mt Compass. The road south of Mt Compass also needs widening to include centre barriers to prevent head-on collisions.
4. Educating kids on road safety
In 2016, there were 4461 crashes in SA caused by road users not doing the right thing, like pedestrians crossing roads incorrectly or motorists driving when fatigued. So, it’s important to teach road-safety skills early, whether it’s how to ride a bike safely or be a responsible passenger in a car. Only a third of SA primary school students learnt tips like these at last year’s Street Smart Primary – an education program from RAA and the Motor Accident Commission.
What we want to see: $400,000 each year to deliver this program to all SA primary schools.