INDIAN Ocean Dr has been named the fourth-riskiest road, according to a community survey.
RAC said in its riskiest roads survey Indian Ocean Dr had been nominated as the fourth-riskiest road in regional WA, and seventh-riskiest road in the entire state.
Last week The McGowan and Turnbull governments announced the $7 million needed to build four passing lanes on Indian Ocean Dr would come from the regional road safety package.
RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby said Indian Ocean Dr had a particularly tragic crash record – six people have died on the road so far this year and a number of people have also been injured as well.
Mr Golsby said last year 60 per cent of road fatalities occurred in regional WA.
He said 20 years ago, WA had the lowest fatality rate of any state – since 2006 it has consistently been one of the worst.
“We have gone from being the best in class to the worst in class,’’ he said.
“In particular we are pleased to see attention being paid to areas such as the Wheatbelt, and roads like Indian Ocean Dr.
Last year, 195 people were killed on WA roads and 1500 were seriously injured.
On average last year, one person was killed on WA roads every two days – the state’s worst road fatality rate in eight years.
Almost 30 per cent of those killed were between 20 and 29-years-old, 65 were in speed-related crashes, 62 were involved in alcohol-related crashes, 27 were involved in fatigue-related crashes and 24 of those killed were not wearing a seatbelt.
“Over the past five years alone, road trauma has cost the WA economy more than $2.8 billion.”
The regional road safety package is part of the $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package to improve safety, ease congestion and keep the economy moving in Western Australia.
The Federal Government has committed $44.2m and the State Government has committed $11.05m to fund the regional road safety package.
Anyone affected by road trauma can contact Road Trauma Support WA on 9420 7262 or visit www.rtswa.org.au