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RAA celebrates loyal members and continues push for road safety on Eyre Peninsula

Tuesday, 5th Feb 2019

RAA will celebrate 200 of its members, who have been with RAA for 50 years or more, this week while continuing to push for greater investment in road safety for the Eyre Peninsula.

RAA’s President and Chairman of the Board, Elizabeth Perry, is hosting a morning tea for Port Lincoln’s loyal Gold 50 members on Tuesday to mark their 50-year membership milestone.

During the event, RAA Years Ahead educators will provide Gold 50 members with safety tips and driving advice to help them remain safe and confident while driving.

Board members and executives are visiting the region with Ms Perry and will meet with community and business leaders to discuss how they can work collectively to grow the region.

Road safety is also high on the agenda for RAA’s visit to the west.

Augusta Highway, South Australia’s busiest regional highway and main road for Port Lincoln motorists heading to Adelaide, has tragically seen 19 people killed and 199 injured—59 seriously—between 2013 and 2017.

Off the back of this, RAA is calling on the Federal Government to duplicate the highway between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta.

“With GFG Alliance’s proposal to build one of the world’s biggest steelworks in Whyalla and quadruple the city’s population, Augusta Highway is going to see more traffic than ever before. An upgrade to this road is now urgent,” Ms Perry said.

“The feasibility of further upgrades to Lincoln Highway, including the section between Whyalla and Port Lincoln, also needs to be investigated to support population growth in the region.”

Port Lincoln residents have contacted RAA directly to voice concerns about the safety of local roads, and as a result RAA’s Road Safety team will investigate Porter Street and the risky intersection at Oxford Terrace and New West Road during this week’s visit.

Next year, RAA will conduct an assessment of Eyre Peninsula’s main highways and major roads in its key population centres.

“Road safety and tackling the unacceptable road toll in regional South Australia is a top priority for RAA,” Ms Perry said.

“Between 2013 and 2017, there were 554 casualty crashes in the Eyre Peninsula and western region, which tragically cost 36 lives and seriously injured a further 160 people.

“We are determined to work with key stakeholders and local leaders to advocate on behalf of our Eyre Peninsula communities on a range of issues in addition to road safety.

“We want to facilitate growth for this vital region of South Australia and help deliver a better quality of life for our members here.’’

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