Drive to fix dan­ger road

Call to im­proved safety on In­dian Ocean Drive.

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

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.

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