Road safety is a big issue for many Greater Dandenong residents.
The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to improving safety on our roads, and does so through infrastructure improvements, facilitation of road safety education and work with enforcement agencies such as Victoria Police.
By working with road safety bodies and other community partners, Council can influence how road users behave.
Road Safety Strategy
Council developed the Road Safety Strategy 2016-22. The strategy guides how Council will deliver road safety activities and meet the needs of our diverse community.
Improving road safety
Many factors contribute to crashes, including:
- human behaviour – speeding, using alcohol or other drugs, fatigue and distractions
- vehicles – mechanical failure, and people not using restraints
- road environment – wide straight roads where drivers increase their speed, and poor visibility that can lead to collisions.
Council works with Victoria Police to target hooning and illegal driving.
Council also improves road safety through new and improved infrastructure.
To address road safety concerns, Council uses:
- parking restrictions
- line marking
- road signs
- infrastructure such as traffic lights, raised safety platforms and roundabouts
Where a larger road safety issue requires more effort, Council considers this in the Local Area Traffic Management program.
Council also advocates for state and federal funding for road safety projects within the area. Council has used funding from the Nation Building Blackspot Program to install several safety improvements.
Local Area Traffic Management Prioritisation
To ensure the available budgets are allocated effectively, we prioritise the installation of any traffic calming treatments based on the level of risk to road users. This level of risk is calculated taking into account the following factors:
- Traffic volume
- Traffic speeds
- The percentage of heavy vehicles using the street
- Activity generators in the area such as schools, playgrounds and shops
- The causality crash history at the site over the past five years
- The intended function of the road (i.e. whether the road is a local street, or a street between local streets and arterial roads)
Recent projects funded through this program include Eagle Drive, Heyington Crescent, Beau Vorno Avenue, and a number of streets in Keysborough South.
The locations in the municipality which currently rank highly within Council's Local Area Traffic Management Prioritisation Program are:
- Noble Park Area South of Activity Centre (Joy Parade, Rich Street)
- Gray Street, Springvale
- Sunnyvale Crescent, Keysborough
- Templewood Avenue, Noble Park North
- Bryants Road, Dandenong
- Regent Avenue, Springvale
- Brady Road, Dandenong North (near shops)
- Callander Road, Noble Park
- Chapel Road, Keysborough
Please note that Council’s traffic data for these streets is reviewed regularly and this list is subject to change.
Council will develop plans through detailed investigation and consultation with residents in the area around six to twelve months prior to installation of treatments.
For any feedback on recent projects, or if you are interested in plans for any of the above locations please email Council at RoadSafety@cgd.vic.gov.au.
Federal Blackspot Program
In addition to Council funding for the projects above, Council also seeks funding from the Federal Government for delivery of road safety infrastructure at locations where there is a history of traffic accidents.
Council has obtained funding to address the following locations:
- Outlook Drive, Dandenong North - Raised safety platforms between Thames Street and Brady Road
- Railway Parade, Noble Park - Raised safety platforms and line marking between Chandler Road and Bennet Street
- Browns Road, Noble Park North - Raised safety platforms and raised school crossings
- Clarke Road, Springvale South - New blister island and upgrade street lighting
- Worsley Road, Bangholme - Shoulder sealing, upgrade crash barriers and improved line marking
- Harold Road and Corrigan Road, Noble Park - Signalise intersection
If you are interested in plans for any of the above locations please email Council at RoadSafety@cgd.vic.gov.au.
Hooning and illegal driving is an issue on some streets within Greater Dandenong.
Council cannot undertake enforcement involving a moving vehicle engaged in these activities. The only bodies with Authority to undertake this type of enforcement are Victoria Police, Department of Justice and in some instances the Department of Transport. Within Victoria almost all enforcement measures targeted at Hoon driving are undertaken by Victoria Police.
To report hooning, contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crimestoppers website.
If you have other road safety issues, contact Council.
RoadSafe South East
RoadSafe South East is a community road safety group committed to reducing the road toll in the municipalities of:
- Greater Dandenong
- Mornington Peninsula.
The group works with local and state government, sporting and community groups, schools, local businesses and community members.
RoadSafe South East delivers several road safety programs at no charge to groups within the RoadSafe South East region, such as:
- community groups
- sporting clubs
- other local groups.
For further information email RoadSafe at firstname.lastname@example.org