Treatments and devices to improve safety for people with visual and physical disabilities
Audio tactile or walk push buttons
|These are designed to assist pedestrians with impaired vision or hearing in locating the push button and using the crossing safely. The WALK signal is an initial squeak followed by a rapid pulsing noise. The DON’T WALK signal is a beep sounding every two seconds.|
Conforming to the Australian Standards for length and gradient, kerb ramps assist pedestrians by orienting the ramp grade in the direction of travel and aligning the ramps, with push button signals, on both sides of the road.
|Microwave motion detectors|
The detectors are mounted on the tops of poles at intersections to detect slow moving pedestrians and allow them to cross the road safely by delaying the change of traffic signals.
These are wider sections painted on the centre of the road. They guide traffic in lanes and create a safe place for pedestrians or cyclists, to enable them to concentrate on crossing one direction of traffic at a time.
|Tactile ground surface indicators|
The indicators are essentially differing ground surfaces, used to provide information about footpaths to vision impaired people through their sense of touch. They are detected either underfoot or via a walking cane. Changes in ground surface indicate the approach to a hazardous area such as a road or signal crossing and show the correct direction in which to proceed.
Pedestrian refuges are wider sections of the median strip where pedestrians or cyclists can stand, with relative safety, in the middle of the road. These refuges are installed where it is difficult for people to cross the full width of a busy road and make it possible to cross one stream of traffic at a time.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to improve safety on various sections of roads in the Upper North Area, including more than 41km of surfacing works, will begin on Saturday, 16 March.
Surfacing works to improve safety on Goyder Highway between Burra and Morgan are set to commence next week.