Australia’s worst roads revealed

Posted at January 18, 2017 4:11 am by Tim McLaren

For decades, the annual death toll on Australian roads has declined. Tragically, over the past two years the downward trend has reversed. There are many causes of car crashes, but dangerous roads do not need to be one of them. The good news is with the right investment even the worst stretches can be made significantly safer.

At the end of 2016 the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) in cooperation with member clubs, released the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) report and interactive website, which identifies the worst sections of our National Land Transport Network. Using this report, Governments can quickly identify the critical road stretches and better target road funding, to where it is needed most.

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After 40 years of continual improvement, Australia‘s national road toll is increasing dramatically, with 1,273 Australians killed on our roads in the year to September: an annual increase of 86. More than 2,500 Australians are seriously injured on the road every month. AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: “Governments are rightly focussed on how to address the worsening road toll and this report highlights the areas of highway most in need of further investment in order to save lives.

“Australia‘s motoring clubs are calling on all governments to make targeted, effective investments in road safety, and we urge them to use our statistically-based analysis to help make those investments.”

The AAA‘s AusRAP report examines the 247 sections making up 20,664 kilometres of highway under the National Land Transport Network. It ranks highway sections based on risk, determined from the length of road section, traffic volume and the number of casualty crashes. Between 2010 and 2014, there were 15,339 casualty crashes on this network across Australia, including 924 deaths.

The AAA is urging those who live near or use dangerous sections of the National Highway to contact their federal parliamentarians. To rally your MP visit the AusRAP interactive website, click on a single road segment and follow the prompts. An email will be sent directly to the relevant MPs on your behalf.

For more information visit the AusRAP website at ausrap.aaa.asn.au