Fatal accident puts road safety in the spotlight

Another fatal accident involving a young driver in the Tatiara has put road safety firmly in the spotlight again.

The latest fatal accident near Mundulla on Saturday, May 4, claimed the life of a 17-year-old girl from Bordertown.

Regional community road safety officer and Limestone Coast leadership program coordinator Ali Auld said it was troubling that this year had seen an increased number of fatalities across the state.

"It is a tragedy to have loss of life on our roads, this year has seen an increase in road trauma in both Victoria and South Australia, it's now more important than ever for people to remain vigilant on the road network and drive to the conditions," Ms Auld said.

"We know that the largest contributors to road trauma are distraction, fatigue, speed, drink and drug driving and not wearing seatbelts.

"It is all of our responsibilities to drive safely and protect ourselves and others on the roads."

The state's road toll sits at 42, which is well ahead of the total of 26 fatalities at the same time last year.

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Corey Wingard is one of many that are unhappy with the increased number of fatalities on SA roads.

"There have been an unacceptable number of deaths on our roads this year," Minister Wingard said.

Tatiara Road Safety group member Greg Hunt said people need to be careful on the roads around the Tatiara, due to many of them varying in quality.

"Last week's accident isn't the first time we've had a fatality on those roads, we unfortunately had a fatal crash on Naracoorte Road earlier this year," Mr Hunt said.

"Many of the roads including Naracoorte, Rowney and Frances Road are narrow and rough in parts and could easily cause an accident."

Mr Hunt added that the difference between the quality of council and government roads was clear, and if they weren't improved, more accidents could occur.

"I have campaigned for years to improve the quality of government roads, because some of them aren't up to scratch," he said.

"The narrow roads are used by so many different types of vehicles, it can be scary seeing a massive road train travelling along these roads."

When asked what improvements could be made on Tatiara's roads, Mr Hunt said the state government should be looking to increase the width of many of them.

"Increasing the road's width by at least a metre and improving the shoulders of some roads could be the difference between avoiding an accident," he said.

The Road Trauma Support Team of SA offers an effective and accessible system of help and support to people affected both directly and indirectly by vehicle collisions in South Australia.

Monthly Support Group Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at:

The Office of the Limestone Coast Grief and Trauma Sharing Hub, 25 George Street Millicent SA 7.00pm to 9.00pm. For further information contact Dawn Williams on 8733 5102 or 0409 095 479.