Road safety

We aim to create a safe road environment through the implementation of road safety policies and guidelines for Western Australia.

We are committed to substantially reducing road trauma through the implementation of the Safe System principles. Crash analysis shows that more than 70% of all serious crashes are due to drivers making mistakes, rather than deliberate risk taking behaviour like speeding or drink driving.

The Safe System approach recognises that the road system needs to be more forgiving of driver error. This requires a collaborative multi-agency approach to address speeds, road infrastructure and the safety of vehicles, whilst continuing to improve behaviour through education and enforcement.

We also recognise that it takes a holistic approach to planning and delivering safe outcomes. Our focus areas to delivering safe outcomes include:

Our safety processes have been established to help minimise road trauma. We conduct crash investigations, deliver road safety programmes, provide audit reporting resources and apply the Road Safety Management System (ROSMA). Through this, we aim to achieve our vision that no one should die or be seriously injured on the State's road network.

Road Safety Auditing

Road Safety Audits are required to be conducted on all State managed roads which involve a permanent change to the road layout.

Crash Investigation

Crash investigations are conducted to determine if the road environment contributed to a severe incident, identifying issues to reduce the risk of future crashes.

Road Safety Management System (ROSMA)

Where specified in contractual documents contractors will be required to undertake the ROSMA process.

Road Safety Improvement Programs

Our road safety programs deliver vital improvements to high-risk roads across the State.

Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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