Bar­ri­ers are sav­ing lives

Seymour Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Lewis Fis­cher

Flex­i­ble road­side and cen­tre-line bar­ri­ers are sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the num­ber of road-re­lated deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries oc­cur­ring in the Sey­mour area ac­cord­ing to the State Emer­gency Ser­vice.

‘‘We used to be up around 45-50 call­outs a year, just within the Sey­mour unit, but now we’re at­tend­ing around 20 ac­ci­dents a year,’’ VICSES Sey­mour unit con­troller Chris­tine Walsh said.

The bar­ri­ers, first in­tro­duced about five years ago, are cur­rently be­ing in­stalled along the Hume Hwy between Craigieburn and Sey­mour.

The Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion said the bar­ri­ers have proven suc­cess­ful in re­duc­ing the num­ber of runoff road and head-on crashes.

Be­cause the bar­ri­ers are flex­i­ble they’re more for­giv­ing and able to ab­sorb most of the force of a col­li­sion.

This helps to re­duce the im­pact of a col­li­sion on the hu­man body and al­lows a ve­hi­cle to come to a grad­ual stand­still rather than sud­den stop.

Flex­i­ble bar­ri­ers have been suc­cess­ful in re­duc­ing the num­ber of run-off-road and headon col­li­sions by 80-90 per cent in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

‘‘The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that ac­ci­dents are still hap­pen­ing,’’ Ms Walsh said.

‘‘The same amount of ac­ci­dents are still oc­cur­ring but due to the bar­ri­ers they’re not as se­vere and peo­ple are more likely to walk away from a crash th­ese days, which is great.’’

Tak­ing a rest stop every two hours, driv­ing with­out dis­trac­tion, watch­ing your speed and avoid­ing drink driv­ing are still the best ways to pre­vent an ac­ci­dent.

Col­li­sion ab­sorb­ing: Flex­i­ble bar­ri­ers are be­ing in­stalled along Hume Hwy.

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