Indian Ocean Drive ranked 10th worst road

INDIAN Ocean Drive in Lancelin is one of the most dangerous roads in WA, according to a RAC survey, but Main Roads WA disagrees.

The RAC this month released its 12-month Risky Roads campaign scorecard and Indian Ocean Drive, north of Perth, was ranked 10th.

It said it had poor road quality and a lack of overtaking opportunities.

However, Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said there had been no fatalities on the Lancelin stretch of Indian Ocean Drive between October 2010 and December 2014.

Mr Roberts said there were five crashes requiring hospitalisation in the same period between K.W Road and Sappers Road.

“In June 2015, a southbound acceleration lane was constructed from Lancelin Road intersection, towards K.W Road to improve driver safety and reduce driver frustration,” he said.

“There are currently no planned works on this section of Indian Ocean Drive.

“Due to the low crash rate, other locations would have higher priority for the allocation of funds to provide safety improvements.

“Main Roads will continue to monitor this location.”

RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby said the scorecard looked at the progress made on the roads that the community nominated as the State’s riskiest 12 months ago.

With more than 5000 nominations last year, the Risky Roads survey asked community members to voice concerns about dangerous roads and intersections.

“We acknowledge and welcome the construction under way on some of the roads identified, but we’re extremely concerned that that work on the rest has not commenced,” Mr Golsby said.

“Construction on these dangerous roads is critical because the road fatality rate in WA is too high.”