Share safety con­cerns on ocean road

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS -

Driv­ers us­ing In­dian Ocean Drive are in­vited to use the in­ter­net to re­port un­safe sec­tions of the road.

Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts has launched an in­ter­ac­tive map to help peo­ple share their safety con­cerns about the tourist drive where six lives have been lost so far this year.

Users con­trib­ute by up­load­ing a pho­to­graph of their area of con­cern with a brief de­scrip­tion of the is­sue and se­lect­ing the lo­ca­tion on the map.

Ms Roberts said the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered would be di­rectly fed to the In­dian Ocean Drive High­way Safety Re­view Com­mit­tee to help in­form the fi­nal re­port to be pre­sented to her later this month.

“Over the past few weeks, I have been in con­tact with many peo­ple who be­lieve they have some­thing to of­fer the re­view that we are con­duct­ing into In­dian Ocean Drive,” she said.

“This in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple and road users to have their voices heard in the cur­rent road safety au­dit of what has be­come one of WA’s most dan­ger­ous roads.”

Ms Roberts said the map dis­played mark­ers where other users had pro­vided feed­back which could be browsed, but did not col­lect per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from users.

“Feed­back col­lected will pro­vide the ex­pert panel with the di­rect ex­pe­ri­ences of road users and help to in­form any road safety im­prove­ments that will ul­ti­mately help save lives,” she said.

The in­ter­ac­tive map can be ac­cessed from the Road Safety Com­mis­sion web­site un­til the end of Oc­to­ber, and can be em­bed­ded or shared via the in­ter­net or so­cial me­dia.

Pic­ture: Mo­gens Jo­hansen

The scene at a triple-fa­tal­ity crash on In­dian Ocean Drive north of Lancelin.

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