In­dian Ocean project prompt


North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

IN­DIAN Ocean Drive will get more pass­ing lanes, with the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments an­nounc­ing $7 mil­lion for safety up­grades on Satur­day.

The gov­ern­ments have fast­tracked fund­ing for four ex­tra pass­ing lanes – two north­bound and two south­bound – between the Ledge Point and Se­abird turnoffs.

Con­struc­tion of the first two pass­ing lanes ei­ther side of the Ledge Point in­ter­sec­tion will be com­pleted by mid-2018, while the re­main­ing pair about 8km fur­ther south will be built in 2018-19.

“With the tragedies that have oc­curred on In­dian Ocean Drive this year, we are fast-track­ing $7 mil­lion of fund­ing to build new pass­ing lanes between Two Rocks and Lancelin as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Fed­eral In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester said.

“In the five years to De­cem­ber 2016, this stretch saw 137 crashes – it is clear we need to make im­prove­ments to this road as soon as pos­si­ble.”

WA Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the fund­ing an­nounce­ment fol­lowed a se­ries of fa­tal­i­ties along the scenic route, in­clud­ing last month’s Bre­ton Bay head-on crash in which a woman (38), her six-year-old son and a Nil­gen man (83) died.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said Main Roads WA had also se­cured State Black Spot fund­ing to in­stall au­di­ble edge lines for about 30km of the road south of Se­abird, with com­ple­tion ex­pected in 2018.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said road safety was an is­sue for ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly the fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties im­pacted by ac­ci­dents.

“This com­mit­ment is an early rec­om­men­da­tion from a full safety re­view cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken on the south­ern sec­tion of In­dian Ocean Drive, with fur­ther rec­om­men­da­tions ex­pected to be made by the end of Septem­ber,” he said.

I HAVE driven a lot on coun­try roads over the past 24 years and I have no­ticed that traf­fic polic­ing in WA is not what it used to be.

Of­fi­cers must be paired and with the chronic short­age of po­lice due to the ice cri­sis it is a stretch to get po­lice on the roads.

Add to that re­stric­tions on the ve­hi­cles and you have se­verely re­stricted traf­fic polic­ing.

The gov­ern­ment doesn’t want to spend money and af­ter break­ing its prom­ise, the dis­pute between po­lice and the WA Gov­ern­ment is not help­ing one bit.

Re­duce speeds on In­dian Ocean Drive on a 27km stretch un­til peo­ple are will­ing to obey the law or they are will­ing to pres­sure gov­ern­ment to get more po­lice. Add cross­ing dou­ble white lines to the hoon laws. Jail would suit any­one as a manda­tory penalty for cross­ing dou­ble white lines and caus­ing an ac­ci­dent.

Po­lice, politi­cians and cer­tain peo­ple use the ar­gu­ment that we must “take re­spon­si­bil­ity” but how can in­di­vid­ual mo­torists be re­spon­si­ble to stop id­iot driv­ers? Shoot them?

This phi­los­o­phy is only a recipe for an­ar­chy. An­ar­chists must be preach­ing it.

Or tell us, WA Po­lice Traf­fic En­force­ment Group, how do we mo­torists in fear of our lives for id­iots on sui­cide mis­sions com­ing the other way take re­spon­si­bil­ity? Stay off the roads? DANIEL McALOON, Gir­rawheen

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