Saving Lives on Country Roads

Reducing fatalities and serious injuries on country roads is one of the biggest road safety challenges for NSW and a key focus of the Road Safety Plan 2021.

The Savings Lives on Country Roads initiative is designed to address two key contributors to road fatalities and serious injuries on country roads: high risk curves and fatigue.

Projects funded under this initiative are targeting run-off-road and head-on crashes by addressing high risk curves through improved curve signage, widened shoulders, vehicle activated signage and flexible safety barriers.

The Saving Lives on Country Roads initiative is targeting the crash types commonly related to lane departure and driver fatigue by installing a number of key treatments:

  • Audio Tactile Line Marking (ATLM)
  • Wide centreline combined with ATLM
  • Flexible safety barrier
  • Motorcycle underrun
  • Sealed shoulder widening at curves and on straights
  • Curve Alignment Markers (CAMs)
  • Curve advisory signs
  • Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS)

In line with Towards Zero, the Saving Lives on Country Roads initiative is delivering consistent route-based safety improvements in place of traditional reactive safety treatments that target isolated locations on the road network.

Bring the Mob Home Safely

Are you travelling with your mob on the roads? Take a listen to Robert Clegg, Wiradjuri Elder and artist and Bianca Hunt a proud Kamilaroi, Barkindji, Ballardong and Wadjuk woman as they talk about how to stay safe on the roads.

Robert Clegg, Wiradjuri Elder and Artist

Say Yeah…NAH to speeding with Robert Clegg, Wiradjuri Elder and Artist

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Bianca Hunt

Say Yeah…NAH to driving tired with Bianca Hunt

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Local stories

Life can change in a split second. Local men share their true stories of road risk and heartbreak. Acknowledging the excuses we make is the first step to protecting those we love.

Jamie Manning

Jamie Manning’s story

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Sean McArdle

Sean McArdle's story

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Locals chat

What age group is the most likely to die on a country road? Why do people take risks? Are any excuses acceptable on the road? We asked locals about their driving behaviours.

young man talking
‘Must be the young ones’

What group makes up the majority of fatalities on country roads?

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older man with beard talking
‘That’s a shock’

City or country person? We asked country locals who is most likely to die on their roads

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TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE SERIOUSLY HURT ON NSW COUNTRY ROADS EACH YEAR

SERIOUS INJURIES IN 2017

12,334

FUTURE VISION

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