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Session: 58 Parliament First Session Sitting: 2017 House: LA
QP Reference No: 130 Question Number: 13574

Asked By: Blackwood Gary Party: Liberal Addressed To: Roads and Road Safety
Asked Date: 15/11/2017

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QUESTION ON NOTICEMr Blackwood to ask the Minister for Roads and Road Safety

With reference to the significant amount of funding spent on erecting wire rope barriers on all sections of the Princes Highway in the electorate of Narracan from the eastern end of the Pakenham Bypass to Moe:


(1) What data is being used to select the areas of the Highway to have wire rope barriers installed.


(2) What data is being used to select the areas of the Highway to have steel barricading installed.


(3) Why does it appear that nearly every metre of Highway on both sides in the electorate is receiving the barrier system rather than directing these works only to potentially high risk areas on the Highway.

Safety barriers are being installed on high-speed, high-volume roads throughout Victoria as part of the Andrews Labor Government's Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan. For every 100km section of this type of road in Victoria, 17 people are killed or seriously injured every year.  Safety barriers will help reduce run-off-road and head-on crashes by 85 per cent. VicRoads expects these barriers to continue to deliver this benefit for at least the next 30 years.


Roads that are targeted for safety improvements, such as safety barriers, are chosen for a combination of reasons. Crash data is primarily used as the justification for these projects, but other factors such as speed limit, projected traffic growth, population and the inherent risk rating of the road also play a part.


With Victoria's population growing and ageing, and more cyclists, trucks and cars sharing the road, we need to take bolder approaches to road safety to ensure we stop people from being killed or seriously injured on our roads.


The Towards Zero Strategy adopts the Safe System approach to road safety, which assumes that people will make mistakes but that they should not pay for that mistake with their life or put the other lives of other road users at risk. The Safe System is based on the understanding that the human body has limitations in relation to how much force it can withstand in a crash, and it mandates that the road system needs to provide an environment where these crashes do not involve the transfer of energy through the human body causing death or serious injury. In this vein, safety barriers will act to remove the energy of errant vehicles in such a way that it will prevent death or serious injury to the occupants. In many instances, these vehicles are able to simply drive away. 


The placement of barriers along the centre and on the edges of roads will prevent errant vehicles from crossing over the centreline into oncoming traffic or veering off to the side of the road and either rolling or hitting a roadside object, preventing the catastrophic outcomes that would have otherwise occurred.



Hon Luke Donnellan MP

Minister for Roads and Road Safety

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