New mapping technology aims to improve road safety

The Western Australian Government is using an interactive map that enables drivers to have their say on safety concerns on Indian Ocean Drive, a coastal tourist drive where six lives have been lost already this year.The Western Australian Government is using an interactive map that enables drivers to have their say on safety concerns on Indian Ocean Drive, a coastal tourist drive where six lives have been lost already this year.

The state’s Road Safety Minister, Michelle Roberts, launched the interactive map this week, which gives users the ability to upload a photograph of the road area of concern, then provide a brief description of the issue and select the location on the map.

“This innovative technology provides an opportunity for local people and road users to have their voices heard in the current road safety audit of what has become one of WA’s most dangerous roads,” said Ms. Roberts.

“The map displays markers where other users have provided feedback which can be browsed, but does not collect personal information from users.”

The information gathered will be directly fed to the Indian Ocean Drive Highway Safety Review Committee to help inform its final report on the highway, to be presented to Ms. Roberts next month.

The interactive map can be accessed from the Road Safety Commission website until the end of October 2017, and can be embedded or shared via the Internet or social media.

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