LIKE many users of Indian Ocean Drive, safety on the road is a personal priority for me.
Various factors contribute to road safety such as road conditions, traffic levels, policing, driver training and behaviour.
Many members of the community have raised with me the issue of overseas drivers, the concern being that tourists can take to the road without any understanding of our roads and rules.
Recently a Federal Victorian MP whose electorate takes in the Great Ocean Road called for a crackdown on overseas drivers.
I and many residents agree that more needs to be done to ensure that overseas drivers are not a danger to themselves and other road users.
We also know that tourism is an important and competitive sector which many residents depend upon for their livelihood.
I raised this with the Road Safety Commissioner and suggested that signage on Indian Ocean Drive needs to be clear and that hire car companies should ensure tourists have information on road rules and conditions when they pick up their car.
The Road Safety Commission has produced ‘A Guide to Driving on WA Roads’.
This guide has now been translated into Italian, Mandarin, Malay, German, Korean and French and will be available to tourists.
It highlights the differences in driving conditions and details the need to keep left and the risk of wildlife.
Community members are also concerned by the 100km/h speed limit now in place between Two Rocks and Lancelin and don’t support this reduction in speed.
A petition for the Minister for Road Safety calling on the 110km/h limit to be reinstated is in circulation.
Petitions will be available at the Gingin Shire offices in Lancelin and Gingin, the Lancelin CRC and through the Lower Coast Community Association.