ShoulderMaster Increases Road Safety
A technical report released at the end of May 2015 by Austroads and ARRB titled ‘Road Geometry Study for Improved Rural Safety’ identified that almost 60% of fatal road crashes occur on rural roads in Australia compared with 70% in New Zealand.
Road crash trends have shown that substantial reductions in fatal crashes have been achieved in recent years on urban roads and yet rural roads have not seen such reductions.
Recent studies conducted showed that the risk of a vehicle crashing through running off the road was 2.7 times greater on roads with narrow pavements as opposed to roads with widened pavements.
A relationship between lane width and crash rates exists, particularly for two lane undivided major roads that have a speed limit of 100km/h. These sections of roads that have narrow 2.5m wide lanes are reported to have a crash rate that is approximately 50% higher than the wider 3.5m lanes.
Data also identifies that rural undivided roads with little or no sealed shoulder of less than 0.5m, had 1.7 times higher risk of casualty crashes than roads with 2m of sealed shoulders.
In summary, the findings in the May 2015 report by Austroads and ARRB demonstrated that wider sealed road shoulders significantly reduce casualty crashes by giving the motor vehicle driver an area in which to recover, regain control and get safely back onto the road.
Furthermore, Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre analysed the WA Run-Off-Road Crash Program incorporating audible lines in conjunction with 1 metre shoulder widening. They found the program to be effective overall in reducing both the frequency and severity of such crashes, with a 35.5% reduction in run-off-road crashes, 18.4% reduction in run-off-road casualty crashes, and a 25.6%reduction in run-off-road KSI (Killed/Seriously Injured) crashes, for all sites treated under the program.
The innovative ShoulderMaster is the future of road safety with the attachment quickly and effortlessly adding between 0.5m up to 2.1m to any road with minimal disruption to traffic.
As reported, the additional width provides a sound rehabilitated road shoulder construction which will ensure that in the event of a vehicle veering out of the travel lane the risk of runoff and collision is significantly minimised due to the shoulder of the road being made safer after remediation and widening.
Black Spot Funding Programs
The Australian Government will provide $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from the 2013/2014 financial year to the 2021/2022 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $60 million each year following.
Roads to Recovery Program
From the 2013/2014 financial year to the 2021/2022 financial year the Australian Government will provide $4.8 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program. The funding is to be distributed to Australia’s local councils, state and territory governments responsible for local roads in the unincorporated areas (where there are no councils) and the Indian Ocean Territories.
The ShoulderMaster is the ideal road maintenance equipment to address areas of roads which have been identified as unsafe and have qualified for the Black Spot funding program.