Safety of Australia's highways must be an election priority
The peak national motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released a new report showing the safety of the nation's highways is unacceptable and targeted investment will save lives.
"Australians deserve safer roads and our analysis shows with targeted investment, lives will be saved," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
"Investing in safer roads must be a top priority this Federal Election because frankly, Australians deserve better," he said.
The AusRAP Star Rating Report has assessed almost 22,000 kilometres of highways and provides a 'Star Rating' of the condition of the various sections of the road network with 1-star being the least safe and 5-star being the safest.
"It is concerning that a developed nation still has almost 40 per cent of the highways only recording a safety rating of 1 or 2 stars," he said.
A key aspect of the report is the Safer Roads Investment Plan which provides details about the number of lives and serious injuries that could be saved through targeted investment to upgrade the highways.
"An investment of $4.7 billion would save 36,000 lives and serious injuries on our highways over a 20 year period," Mr McKellar said.
The AAA and constituent clubs launched the Demand Better Roads campaign in April to make road safety and transport infrastructure a major issue for the upcoming election – read the full AusRAP Star Rating Report at www.demandbetterroads.com.au