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My Country Roads survey asking Victorians to pinpoint most dangerous regional roads.
RACV is calling on regional Victorians to pinpoint the most dangerous roads in their area on an interactive online map to help make the state’s roads safer.
RACV’s My Country Road survey uses an interactive map showing high-speed roads with the most crashes causing death or serious injury in regional Victoria, and seeks comments from people with local knowledge.
The survey comes as new statistics reveal that fatalities on regional roads over the past five years have been disproportionately higher than in metropolitan areas, says RACV’s senior manager transport, planning and infrastructure, Peter Kartsidimas.
“Over the past five years more than half the deaths on Victoria’s roads have occurred on regional roads, but only about a quarter of Victorians live in rural areas,” Peter says.
RACV’s online interactive map highlights 169 roads with 80kmh or higher speed limits where there have been several fatal or serious crashes based on the latest data available since 2014.
Peter says RACV research shows that it’s not only the obviously risky roads, such as those that are narrow or winding, that pose a danger to motorists. For example, three people lost their lives and three were seriously injured on a short, straight 3.5 kilometre section of Ballarat’s Remembrance Drive in the five year period.
The state’s deadliest road between 2014 and 2018 was an 11.5-kilometre stretch on the Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road between Albert Road and Allsops Road in Woori Yallock where five people died and seven were seriously injured.
Other danger spots include:
- an 11-kilometre section of the Portarlington Road in the City of Greater Geelong, where 18 crashes, including one fatality and 17 serious injuries occurred.
- a 700-metre stretch of the Glenelg Highway between Racecourse Road and Gordon Street in Coleraine, where one fatal and five serious injury crashes occurred.
- a curving 26.5-kilometre stretch of the Warburton-Woods Point Road at Reefton where one fatality and 17 serious crashes occurred.
“What the statistics don’t tell us is local knowledge and the survey gives locals a voice that we can use to take to every level of government,” Peter says.
“The survey gives regional Victorians an opportunity to highlight any safety issues they encounter on the roads they travel on.