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.
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
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