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Love welcomes Indian Ocean Drive safety review

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Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has welcomed recommendations to improve road safety on Indian Ocean Drive in line with the findings of a review of the road.

Released today, the focus of the Indian Ocean Drive Highway Safety Review Group’s 41 page report covers the 58 kilometre section of road between Lancelin and Two Rocks.

The report includes a number of recommendations including installing audible edge and centre lines, road widening, verge clearance, increased police patrols, increased signage and additional overtaking lanes.

Mr Love said in particular he welcomed news that the road seal would be widened and audible centre and edge lines would be installed on this section of Indian Ocean Drive (IOD). 

“I have actively campaigned for the one-metre-wide audible centre lines which are in place on sections of the Great Northern Highway and am particularly relieved the audible edge and centre line treatments will be finalised on this section of IOD early in 2018,” Mr Love said.

“Local residents have called for improved road signage and we all appreciate the need for road widening and passing lanes.”

Mr Love said he was disappointed with the decision to reduce the speed limit between Lancelin and Two Rocks to 100km per hour and had advised that this was the majority view of the local community also.

“I understand that the community generally are opposed to the reduced speed limit. I note that it is said to be a temporary measure to be reviewed once road improvements are in place,” he added. 

“I am hopeful that this will not mean a permanent reduction in speed.”  

Mr Love said he was grateful for the work of the Road Safety Commission and the bipartisan approach taken by Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Opposition Road Safety spokesperson Peter Katsambanis in dealing with the appalling crash statistics associated with Indian Ocean Drive.