Road Safety in the Wheatbelt South

Regional Profile

The Wheatbelt South region has a population of 21,868 and covers an area of 54,694 sq kms which incorporates 3,476 kms of state roads and 17,037 kms of local roads.

Local Governments

How many people are Killed or Seriously Injured on Wheatbelt South Roads?

For every death, on the Wheatbelt South 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 Wheatbelt South 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 Wheatbelt South Region?

In the Wheatbelt South region, the most common crash types include run-off road, non-collision and head-on crashes.

This data, taken from the Wheatbelt South 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 Wheatbelt South 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 Wheatbelt South region Road Safety Performance Reports and supporting notes from the Resources page.

What can be done to reduce KSIs on Wheatbelt South 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 Rodney Thornton.

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

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 Wheatbelt South region, visit the Wheatbelt South 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 Wheatbelt South?

There are two Driver Reviver operations and two Coffee Stop locations in the Wheatbelt South 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.

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 Facebook page 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 Rodney Thornton is based in Lake Grace and services the Wheatbelt South region. Rodney is available to provide advice and support road safety action across the region.

Email Rodney at rthornton@walga.asn.au or call 0409 689 313.