This Australia Day, RAA warns drivers to pay attention on Victor Harbor Road
Monday, 22nd Jan 2018
As thousands of South Australians head to Victor Harbor for their Australia Day weekend, RAA is calling on this year’s parliamentary candidates and political parties to commit to fix the road as increasing traffic volumes continue to threaten road users’ safety.
“Many people enjoy a trip to Victor Harbor, so we’re encouraging drivers to have fun but play it safe this weekend,” said Penny Gale, RAA General Manager Engagement and Innovation.
Victor Harbor Road is one of RAA’s four priorities in the lead up to the March 17 State election.
“Between 2012 and 2016, there were 87 casualty crashes resulting in five deaths on the Victor Harbor Road. Improving the infrastructure isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s a big part of the solution,” said Ms Gale.
“Over the past five years, on average, there has been a one third (34%) increase in traffic volumes between Main South Road and Mt Compass and there’s no sign this growth in the southern suburbs will slow down any time soon.
“Head-on collisions are one of the most common crash types on this road in recent years, mainly occurring south of Mount Compass, which suggests that motorists are not driving to the conditions of the road and that Victor Harbor Road itself can’t cope with the amount of traffic that travels on it each day.
“The road must be improved to address the increasing traffic volumes and limited overtaking opportunities available to drivers.”
RAA is asking for a commitment to duplicate Victor Harbor Road from its intersection with Main South Road through to Mt Compass and for road widening and wide centreline treatment between Mount Compass and Victor Harbor.
“Action is needed to boost safety on this popular stretch. We recognise that a number of improvements have been made to this road in recent years, particularly the McLaren Vale overpass, which was completed in 2013 and the installation of wire rope barriers on Willunga Hill,” said Ms Gale.
RAA is calling on its members and the South Australian public to join the drive for improved roads and public safety by becoming a Road Champion via its website raa.com.au/roadchampions
RAA’s election priorities include the establishment of an independent Safety Camera Commissioner, upgrades to the Horrocks Highway between Gawler and Clare, as well as road safety education for SA Primary Schools.