Recently, Tim Bull MP, Cindy McLeish MP, Tim McCurdy MP, Steph Ryan MP, Bev McArthur MP and former Police Association boss Phil Edge have told media across Victoria that country roads are a dangerous mess and that lowering speed limits won’t stop crashes. Lowering speed limits dodges the issue of neglected roads.
Last year, to January 20, four people had died on Victorian roads. This year it’s 16. That’s not counting injuries and damage to product and vehicles.
VicRoads policies failed again. They claim to lead the world in road safety. That was 50 years ago.
In 2022, they refuse to admit they are wrong on country roads or wire rope barriers. A comprehensive review of VicRoads’ administration, policies and maintenance of rural roads is long overdue. Fix VicRoads management to save money. Fix country roads to save lives.
Damien Codognotto OAM, Motorcycle Riders Association Australia.