Road safety is one of the key drivers behind Regional Roads Victoria (RRV).
People in country Victoria are four times more likely to die or be seriously injured on country roads than on city roads.
Under RRV, we will carry out the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP). This will see all regional road projects embedded with safety infrastructure that will help us on our way towards zero.
Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan is a $1.4 billion investment to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria’s roads. Already with Towards Zero in place:
- run-off-road crashes have reduced by 26%
- casualty crashes have reduced by 30%
- intersection crashes have reduced by 35%
This is the biggest effort ever to make rural roads safer across Victoria. By installing new safety features and improving existing infrastructure, we can prevent crashes from happening, or reduce their severity when they are unavoidable.
This comprehensive safety infrastructure package will focus on:
- flexible safety barriers
- overtaking lanes
- rumble strips
- sealing road shoulders
- safer speeds
- curve improvements
- intersection upgrades
Flexible safety barriers, new overtaking lanes and rumble strips alone have shown to reduce crashes by 85%.
Working in close partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), our goal is to make sure that no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.