City gets into gear to improve road safety

The burnt-out car is now in a towing yard.
The burnt-out car is now in a towing yard.

The strategic plan, endorsed on May 28, lists 11 initiatives, including promoting Black Spot improvements, investigating run-off road and intersection crashes and providing local traffic data to WA Police.

The group will also review the provision of electronic signage and 40km/h pavement markings in school zones and continue to buy five-star ANCAP rated vehicles for the City’s light vehicle fleet.

Initiatives held in 2012-13 included seven Driver Reviver stops, the Blessing of the Roads event, checking or fitting 43 child car restraints and distributing 2266 bin stickers, with the Landsdale Residents Association distributing others.

A council report said there were three active school RoadWise committees, as well as five schools actively involved in road safety activities, and staff checked nine vehicles during the one caravan and trailer inspection day.

‘New information such as the production of a Wanneroo crash profile and the identification of priority areas by the Road Safety Council of WA allows greater strategic direction,’ the report said.

‘Over the past 10 years, the City of Wanneroo has had a total of 2703 casualty crashes, including 38 fatalities, 703 serious injuries and 1962 minor injuries. The total cost of fatal and serious injury crashes on the City of Wanneroo road network is estimated as being $664.3 million, with local roads (roads owned and operated by the City of Wanneroo) accounting for $465.5 million.’

According to the council report, right angle crashes, where vehicles approaching from adjacent legs of an intersection collide, were the most common type of crash recorded in the City between 2001 and 2010.