AusRAP has published its latest risk mapping report for the 20,664KM of roads in the National Road Network.
This year’s report (view here) uses crash data from 2010 – 2014 for each Australian state. During this period, there were 15,339 casualty crashes on the network with 924 deaths.
For the first time, the report is presented in an interactive format as well as PDF form. It also uses a methodology that 'combines' individual and collective risk.
‘Inadequate road infrastructure needs to be upgraded to protect Australian motorists,’ the report says. ‘Where this has been done, significant reductions in crash rates have been achieved.’
Among the inspirational examples of life-saving improvements cited in the report is the Bruce Highway in Queensland. Crashes on the most dangerous stretch of the road from Cooroy to Gympie were halved following a significant investment package by Government.
Although road deaths have fallen on the network over the last 10 years, the report notes that, along with a number of countries worldwide, the last two years have seen a reversal of the downward trend.
‘It is crucial that all Australian governments redouble their efforts and take an apolitical evidence-based approach to identifying and investing in the most effective road safety measures,’ the report says.