Damning feedback on road user behaviour

The behaviour of road users has emerged as the issue of greatest concern on our local roads following a Perception Survey conducted by the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West.

More than 70% of survey participants believed road user behaviour was the greatest cause of death and serious injury on local roads. A quarter did not feel at all safe on our roads as a result of the behaviour of other road users.

A total of 766 people took part in the survey, which was conducted across August and September. The vast majority of survey participants worked for Alliance members.

The Alliance is an independent, collaborative group of industry, government and community players working together to improve road safety in the area bounded roughly by Greater Bunbury, Collie, Boddington and Pinjarra.

Pinjarra-Williams Road emerged as the major road that survey participants were most concerned about with the top issues being a lack of passing lanes and unsafe overtaking. Mornington Road emerged as the minor road of most concern with the top issues being the road alignment and width.
In terms of where the Alliance should focus its efforts, 65% of survey participants thought that was by advocating for safer roads and roadsides while 56% thought it was by helping educate safer road users.

Alliance chairperson Simon Dent said the organisation would couple the survey results with the latest available crash data to determine where it should focus its efforts into the future.
“The views of the community are vital in helping us understand where and how road safety can be improved and the loss of life and trauma experienced nearly every day on our roads can be reduced,” Mr Dent said.

“We will also use the baseline data from the survey along with follow up surveys to track our progress over time,” Mr Dent said.