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Wire rope barriers

The Melbourne Herald Sun. Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Respect and sympathy to the victim’s loved ones. RIP.

This looks like another case of the road barrier being too close to the traffic lane so denying the motorist a safe place to stop. Maybe not. BUT police are feeding the media possible reasons to blame before any real science could have been done. It looks to me, from the photo, that the wire rope barrier has fenced a possible run-off area forcing the drivers to stop in a dangerous area.

Three things.

Crash investigators should not feed the media their opinions at this stage of an investigation.

Run-off areas should be established where possible on Victorian roads.

The road authority should face some sort of manslaughter charge if they fenced a run-off area causing this fatality.

Compensation to the victim’s loved ones should be public with NO confidentiality clause.


19 June 2022