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SA's risky roads

Narrow stretches of road, potholes, bad lighting and lack of signage might be some of the issues putting road users at risk, but we want to know the South Australian roads and intersections causing you the most frustration and why.

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Is there a road you think is dangerous – or just plain frustrating? We want you to tell us about it so we can campaign for improvements.

The roads and intersections you nominate will form part of RAA’s Risky Roads campaign, which was first run in 2013 to identify potential risks to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Just as we did back then, RAA will analyse the nominations and use the information to lobby the State Government and other authorities for much-needed improvements – big or small – to metropolitan and country roads.

RAA road safety expert Charles Mountain says we achieved some big wins following the 2013 campaign and we’re aiming to get even better results for road users this time.

‘Following the last survey, the State Government completed a major $3.2 million overhaul of the notorious Britannia Roundabout – which was voted by you as the most dangerous and frustrating intersection,’ Mr Mountain says.

There’s also more than $9 million being spent on an upgrade to the Upper Yorke Peninsula’s Bute to Kulpara Rd, which respondents placed as the third worst road in the state. The project – when finished – will see more than 20km of road sealed and widened.

‘These are just a few of the many wins we had, and are examples of your concerns being heard,’ Mr Mountain says.

With nearly 4000 nominations in 2013, it’s proof road users also care about making our streets, highways and intersections safer to drive, walk and cycle on.

We’re asking everyone to name anything they think is unsafe or frustrating. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a motorist, cyclist, pedestrian or mobility-scooter user – let us know your concerns.

‘It’s about working together to remove as many unnecessary risks on our roads as we can,’ he adds.

Results from the Risky Roads campaign will be released in June 2017.

Nominate your riskiest roads

Tell us about any dangerous or frustrating South Australian roads or intersections by
filling out the online form here.

Nominations close on 31 March 2017.

What makes a road risky?

From confusing road layouts to tight curves and blind crests, more than half (63 per cent) of respondents revealed road design as their number one concern in 2013. So, what other issues make your roads risky?

  •  Inadequate crossing or turning opportunities
  • Poor road markings/signage
  • Hazardous raodside objects or trees
  • Road surface, such as crumbling road edges
  • Lack of cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings

Contact Us

Have another question? Call RAA's Road Safety team on 8202 4517 or email roadsafety@raa.com.au