Indian Ocean project prompt
MORE PASSING LANES AFTER SERIES OF HORROR CRASHES
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