Simple mistakes shouldn’t kill

Road safety barriers give people a second chance on our roads.

Flexible road safety barriers are a road safety success story. When fitted along the side and centre of the road, they reduce the number of people killed by up to 90 per cent.
If you hit a flexible barrier, the steel cables flex, slowing down your vehicle and keeping it upright. They absorb the impact so you and the people with you, don’t.

Median barriers

Median barriers put something between you and an oncoming car, truck or motorcycle. This means if someone loses control or drifts across the centreline, the result isn’t a deadly head-on crash.

Side barriers

Side barriers catch vehicles that leave the road, grabbing them before they hit something harder like a pole, tree or ditch.

The right barrier for the road

Flexible road safety barriers are a good fit for our roads. They’re narrow and work best on long, straight sections and gentle curves. More importantly though, they’re the safest barrier if someone does hit them. Sometimes, especially if there are tight corners, we use guardrails or even a combination of the two.

Letting you ride again

It’s no secret that people on motorcycles have a higher risk of getting seriously hurt or even killed on our roads, especially if you’re going too fast. You’re more exposed and our roads and roadsides can be unforgiving.

The fact is that barriers, especially flexible barriers, can reduce the number of people on motorcycles who are killed and injured on our roads by around 50 per cent. There’s no evidence that they act like a ‘cheese cutter’ like some people say.

When barriers are between lanes, they stop a driver’s mistake from becoming a rider’s nightmare. They can also mean you don’t end up in the path of oncoming traffic if you come off your motorcycle.

When barriers are along the roadside, they keep you from hitting poles and trees, as well as ditches which can be just as dangerous.

Resources

Download the road safety barrier information brochure

Other safety improvements

Barriers aren’t the only way we can prevent people from being killed or seriously injured on our roads. The Safe Roads and Roadsides Programme is making around 1500km of state highway safer through measures like rumble strips, road shoulder widening, better signs as well as barriers.