Safety improved on Stuart Hwy

19 September 2014

The installation of audio-tactile line marking (ATLM) along the Stuart Highway between Port Augusta and Marla has now been completed.

The marking helps mitigate driver fatigue, which is a significant factor in ‘run-off-road’ crashes on rural stretches.

If drivers are fatigued and start to veer towards the road edge, ATLM provides an audible warning and causes the vehicle to vibrate when tyres role over them.

This 765 kilometre section of the Stuart Highway has sadly had six fatal and 89 serious crashes between 2008 and 2010. Tragically, 10 lives have been lost because of those crashes.

The $3.05 million safety upgrade was funded by the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) Road Safety Fund.

MAC Chairman Roger Cook AM said, "ATLM is an important method for combating fatigue, especially for motorists travelling long distances.”

It is recommended that motorists who plan long trips that require extended stretches of driving:

  • have seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep before your drive and aim not to travel more than eight to 10 hours each day
  • take regular 15 minute breaks at least every two hours by getting out of the car, getting some fresh air and some exercise
  • if possible share the driving.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) current guidelines encourage the installation of ATLM on the edge lines of key arterial roads with high fatigue related crash history.

The Government thanks motorists for their patience whilst this important safety initiative was carried out.

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