Road Safety in the Kimberley

Regional Profile

The Kimberley region is situated in the very north of the state. The region has a population of 35,901 and covers an area of 422,803 sq kms which incorporates 2,243 kms of state roads and 4,718 kms of local roads.

Local Governments

How many people are Killed or Seriously Injured on Kimberley Roads?

For every death, on the Kimberley region’s roads in the period 2014-2018, there were many more people seriously injured. Many of these serious injuries result in permanent disability and change lives forever, placing a huge burden on public health resources and the community.

The definition of a road fatality in WA is: a person who was killed immediately or died within 30 days of the date of a road crash, as a result of the crash. The definition of a serious injury in WA is: admitted to hospital as an inpatient for treatment of injuries sustained in a crash, but did not die within 30 days of the crash.

The graph below provides a breakdown, for the Kimberley region, of the proportion and number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on State versus Local Government roads. The graph also provides the average annual KSI rate per 100,000 population for both State and Local Government roads.

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What are the Most Common Crash Types in the Kimberley Region?

In the Kimberley region, the most common crash types include run-off road, hit-pedestrian and non-collision crashes.

This data, taken from the Kimberley region Road Safety Performance on Local Government Roads 2014-2018 report, can assist Local Governments to prioritise their time, resources, and effort towards implementing road safety interventions which target treatment of the crashes that are killing and injuring the most people in their area.

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How can I find out more about the road safety performance on Kimberley Roads?

WALGA's RoadWise has developed a tool to assist Local Governments who wish to improve road safety outcomes for their communities. 

The Road Safety Performance Reports are designed to help:

  1. measure the road safety performance of the road network they manage,
  2. monitor changes (positive or negative) in road safety performance over time, 
  3. establish road safety improvement targets, and
  4. identify and prioritise the work that will lead to improvements in the road safety performance of the road network.

Download the Kimberley region Road Safety Performance Reports and supporting notes from the Resources page.

What can be done to reduce KSIs on Kimberley Roads?

We can all play a role in preventing road crashes. Governments, communities and individual road users can all contribute in different ways to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

To find out how you can get involved, visit the Take Action section of this website or contact Regional Road Safety Advisor Greg Hayes.

Can I get my child car restraint installed or inspected in the Kimberley?

WALGA RoadWise coordinates the Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitting Service which provides the public with access to child car restraint fitting services across Western Australia. To find a local Type 1 Fitter in the Kimberley region, visit the Kimberley Type 1 Fitters page.

If new or additional child car restraint anchorage points are required (called aftermarket anchorage points), they must be installed in accordance with statutory vehicle safety requirements. View the Type 2 Child Restraint Fitting Station document to locate a Type 2 Child Restraint Fitting Station near you.

Are there Driver Reviver or Coffee Stop operators in the Kimberley?

There are two Driver Reviver operators and three Coffee Stop locations in the Kimberley region. These operators provide free coffee or tea to drivers to encouraging them to take a break from driving, helping to address driver fatigue in Western Australia.

Visit the Driver Reviver or Coffee Stop pages for more information.

Where can I find local road safety news?

Subscribe to the RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter to read more about the wide range of road safety activities being implemented by local road networks across the state.

Follow the WALGA RoadWise and Kimberley Road Safety Network Facebook pages to keep up to date with local, state and national road safety news, plus research, professional development opportunities and best practice road safety actions.

Who can I contact for more information?

Regional Road Safety Advisor Greg Hayes is based in Broome and is available to provide advice and support road safety action across the region.

Email Greg at ghayes@walga.asn.au or call 0419 192 759.