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SA’s Riskiest Roads in Regional Areas

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Horrocks Highway, Princes Highway and Owen Road have all been named South Australia’s riskiest roads by Peak Motoring Body, RAA.

The RAA’s Risky Roads campaign allowed road users to nominate areas of concern, with the aim of identifying and ultimately improving stretches of road.

More than 2,900 nominations were received from across the state, with many of Adelaide’s arterial roads identified, extending into regional and Flow broadcast areas such as the Limestone Coast, Clare Valley and Yorke Peninsula.

RAA Senior Manager of Road Safety, Charles Mountain said the nominations made in the Risky Roads survey highlights motorist’s desire to see major roads and intersections upgraded to improve safety for all users.

“Many of the roads nominated provide links to key tourist destinations, taking travellers through the most picturesque parts of the state.

“With uneven surfaces, pot holes, narrow lanes, crumbling road edges and a lack of overtaking lanes, these roads are in need of attention to ensure the safety of all road users,” he said.

The top 10 roads as identified by the RAA’s 2017 Risky Roads campaign are:

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  • Main South Road (Noarlunga to Myponga)
  • Horrocks Highway (Roseworthy to Clare)
  • Princes Highway (Kingston SE to Millicent, via inland)
  • Owen Road (Templers to Owen)
  • Main North Road (Gepps Cross to Salisbury)
  • North East Road (Holden Hill to Chain of Ponds) tied with:
  • Copper Coast Highway (Port Wakefield to Kadina)
  • Port Wakefield Road (Dry Creek to Lower Light)
  • Main Road (Blackwood & Coromandel Valley)
  • South Eastern Freeway (Glen Osmond to Hahndorf) tied with:
  • Southern Ports Highway (Kingston SE to Millicent, via Robe) and:
  • Barrier Highway (Saddleworth to Manoora)

58% of road nominations were used to report uneven or undulating surfaces, followed by pot holes 44%, and crumbling road edges with 38%.

RAA will now use this information to liaise with relevant road authorities and decide what action to take from here.

 

In other road news, RAA has issued a timely reminder to motorists to stay alert when driving in rural areas, with casualty crashes involving animals peaking in June.

From 2011-2015, 188 casualty crashes occurred on South Australian roads from hitting animals.

Twelve per cent of these crashes, including one fatality occurred in June.

Mr Mountain also commented on the issue saying, “Almost two-thirds (62%) of casualty crashes involving animals occur in rural areas on roads with a speed limit of 100km/h or more, so it’s crucial that country drivers remain vigilant.

“A crash is also more likely to involve injury if you hit a large animal, such as a kangaroo, compared to a small domestic animal you would find in metropolitan areas,” he said.

11% of animal crashes occur between 6-7am, with 47% occurring at night.

RAA Insurance Senior Manager Claims Hayley Cain said animal collisions had increased 40 per cent since 2014 to more than 1,300 claims a year.

“Kangaroos account for the majority of animal collision claims at around 60 per cent, but much higher in rural areas.

“Dogs come in second at around 15 per cent, followed by wombats, emus and cattle.

“The cost of an animal collision could be anything from $3,000 to the car being written off, depending on what the driver hits and how hard they hit it,” she said.

Hotspots for casualty crashes involving animals include Stuart Highway, Princes Highway, Sturt Highway, Victor Harbor Road, South Eastern Freeway and Main South Road, according to the RAA.

“Hitting an animal is an unpleasant experience, however, we advise motorists not to brake heavily or swerve to avoid striking them,” said Mr Mountain.

“Doing so could cause you to lose control of your car or hit an oncoming vehicle, increasing your chances of being involved in a more serious crash.

“If you can’t avoid driving in rural areas at dusk and dawn, when animals are more active, reduce your speed, remain alert and remember that animals may be obscured by roadside vegetation.

“Where possible, drivers should safely reduce their speed to avoid a collision with an animal.

“If you do hit and injure an animal, we encourage you to seek help or take the appropriate steps to alleviate the animal’s pain and suffering,” he said.

The RAA advises If an animal has been killed, remove it from the road safely to reduce potential dangers to other motorists and contact the Traffic Management Centre on 1800 018 313, or the nearest police station, which will arrange for the animal to be collected.

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