Drive to fix danger road
Call to improved safety on Indian Ocean Drive.
RESIDENTS and politicians are increasing calls to improve safety on Indian Ocean Drive following two head-on crashes in two weeks.
Opinions are split over whether road conditions or driver behaviour should be targeted.
At this week’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, discussion turned to road safety on Indian Ocean Drive and Two Rocks Road.
Resident Peter Stainthorpe said the number of people using the latter road had “grown exponentially” since it was built.
“The roads do get past their use-by date,” he said.
Another long-term resident, Inga Price, said “driver error” caused most crashes.
“It’s people that are making the deaths; it’s not the road,” she said.
Butler MLA John Quigley’s research officer, Alex Figg, said there was State Black Spot funding for rumble strips on Indian Ocean Drive.
“In the September budget, there will be more measures handed down,” he said.
City of Wanneroo councillor Nat Sangalli said the rest-stop design did not encourage people to “stop and take a break”.
“That road is not encouraging people to slow down and concentrate,” she said.
Cr Sangalli said while there was “nothing wrong with that road”, one third of crashes on the first 40km stretch were likely to be head-on crashes and chances were people would die at the high speed limit.
WA Police caught several people driving between 137km/h and 154km/h on the 110km/h zoned road this month.
Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said driving at excessive speeds was “completely irresponsible” and put lives at risk.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact police are paying very close attention to Indian Ocean Drive and they will continue to do so,” she said.
“School holidays are just a month away and with the weather clearing, I expect many people will use Indian Ocean Drive to visit some of the popular towns along that part of the coast.
“Drivers need to slow down to save lives and prevent serious injury.”
Opposition police spokesman Peter Katsambanis said he recently met with residents and wrote to Mrs Roberts and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti with their concerns.
“Residents from areas such as Woodridge, Ledge Point, Seabird, Lancelin and surrounding areas are clearly frustrated by bad driver behaviour that has made their main local road a dangerous place to drive,” he said.
The Hillarys MLA said solutions could include installing rumble strips, increased police presence, more road signs, education for people hiring cars, and a web portal for people to report bad driver behaviour and dash cam footage.