The Times' and On the Coast's readers have weighed in on Victor Harbor Road in a survey

SAFETY: Michael Pengilly on Victor Harbor Road, back in 2016. Photo: Dani Brown.
SAFETY: Michael Pengilly on Victor Harbor Road, back in 2016. Photo: Dani Brown.

Duplication and driver education is the answer to ending the tragedies on Victor Harbor Road, according to the results of a survey shared with The Times’ and On the Coast’s readers.

After the RAA last week called on SA politicians to commit to major upgrades on the road, The Times and On the Coast asked its readers to weigh in on the debate.

Over the past week, 274 people have responded to the survey and 229 of them, at 84 per cent, said the road had needed an upgrade for some time.

The remaining 45 people, at just 16 per cent, said the road was suitable in its current format.

While most agreed the road was in need of an upgrade, respondents were split over what was the main issue causing accidents on the road.

One hundred and seven people, at 41 per cent, said the main problem was drivers not practicing proper road safety, while 104 people at 40 per cent said the road was unsafe and not fit for purpose.

Eighteen people said there was not enough education for drivers who are unfamiliar with the road and five people said there was not enough police presence. 

When asked if a dual highway was the way to go, 193 people at 71 per cent said it was, but it should run all the way to Victor Harbor, instead of stopping at Mount Compass, as suggested by the RAA.

Thirty-six people at 13 per cent said the road should stay the way it is and 31 people at 11 per cent agreed with the RAA’s proposal for a dual highway between Main South Road and Mount Compass.

Readers were asked if they felt confident the state’s politicians would act on the issue and 222 people, at 84 per cent, said no and just 26 people said yes.

Finally, the survey called on respondents to explain what they thought would help reduce the high number of serious crashes on Victor Harbor Road.

“Completely rework the section from Main South Road to McLaren Vale, dual lane preferable. More overtaking lanes, more barriers, advance notice signs for speed changes, more rest stop areas and better rest stop areas,” one respondent said.

“Also, better warning signs for entering traffic at Crows Nest Road, better turn off at Crows Nest Road, dual lane through Mount Compass at 50 kilometres per hour.”

Another said lowering the speed limit to 90 the whole way, more signage when lane changes are set to occur, lighting in dangerous areas at night, and more police presence were all needed.

One respondent said driver education was paramount.

“Slow driver penalties, signage telling them to pull to the side and let people pass if they are not going to drive at the speed limit and police monitoring behaviour, not just sitting behind a speed gun,” they said.