Road Safety Auditor says there is Insufficient Warning Measures on the Hume Highway

Recently, an inquest heard that the measures used to warn drivers of diverging roadworks on the Hume Highway near Tarcutta are insufficient, according to a senior road safety auditor.

After hearing evidence pertaining to the death of Yasmin Duncan, from Albury, in March 2010, and preparing a report in April 2013, Andrew Morse has provided further information to say that some road safety audits should be carried out by people who have no association with the works. He believes these people should also have no association with the design team or construction contractor.

Ms Duncan was a passenger in a car in which the driver lost control and crossed to the wrong side of the Hume Highway just north of Tarcutta. The car ended up in the path of a B-double truck.

Throughout the inquest, the confusion of drivers as to where the road altered to diverge into a transition zone was evident.

According to Morse, a divergence needs to be strongly indicated with signs and markings. He says that barrier boards or chevrons should have been positioned south of the hill. Mr Morse also noted an absence of physical controls other than line markings.


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