Road Safety

The Shire is committed to improving road safety outcomes for all road users. In 2020 we adopted our Mornington Peninsula Towards Road Safety Strategy for 2020-2025 which you can view on our Towards Zero webpage.

Despite the efforts of VicRoads, Mornington Peninsula Shire, the TAC and Victoria Police, road trauma is still an issue on the peninsula.

The Shire has commenced many road safety initiatives since adopting to become a Towards Zero municipality in 2016. In collaboration with TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police, programs are being developed that demonstrate the safe system principles in a coordinated effort to reduce road related serious injuries and fatalities. 

Since the Mornington Peninsula Shire joined forces with the TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police in 2016 to become the state's first Towards Zero municipality the Shire has commenced many road safety initiatives. In 2020 we adopted our Mornington Peninsula Towards Road Safety Strategy for 2020-2025 which you can view on our Towards Zero webpage. 

Towards Zero is a vision for a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

Despite the efforts of VicRoads, Mornington Peninsula Shire, the TAC and Victoria Police, road trauma is still an issue on the peninsula. In collaboration with TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police, programs are being developed that demonstrate the safe system principles in a coordinated effort to reduce road related serious injuries and fatalities.

We are working towards safer road use, safer roads, safer speeds and safer vehicles.

Safer roads can reduce the most common crash types:

  1. Vehicles leaving the road.
  2. Head-on collisions.
  3. Side-impacts at intersections.
  4. Collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.

Road infrastructure plays a vital role in reducing crashes and the severity of injuries if there is an accident.

The Shire is undertaking a number of projects under the safer roads initiative:

Black Spot projects
The Shire has recently secured almost $6 million in federal Black Spot funding to address high risk locations.  The following projects are being prepared for delivery in 2021-22: 

  • Mount Eliza pedestrian safety improvements
  • Hastings township 40km/h area
  • Dromana township 40km/h area
  • Myers Road/Hendersons Road, Bittern roundabout
  • Hodgins Road/Stumpy Gully Road, Tuerong roundabout
  • Shoreham Road safety upgrade
  • Codrington Street/Ligar Street, Dromana roundabout

Safer residential areas
Council has recently matched up to $1 Million in funding from the State Government’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP) to implement road safety treatments across the Shire’s highest crash risk residential areas. Initially the priority areas include Dromana, Hastings and Rosebud with other areas to be considered depending on further funding opportunities.

High risk rural intersections
In collaboration with VicRoads and TAC, the Shire is developing innovative intersection treatments to be trialled at various high risk rural intersections throughout the Shire. Proposals for more cost effective roundabouts are being developed for funding consideration to address crashes at:

  • Balnarring Road/ Myers Road
  • Coolart Road/ Myers Road
  • Stanleys Rd/ Merricks Rd

Other high risk intersections are also being considered however this will also be dependent on funding availability.

Mornington pedestrian safety improvements
Mornington Peninsula Shire worked in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Transport to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists in the Mornington commercial precinct and foreshore area.  The improvements include raised pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuge islands and an area-wide 40 km/h speed limit.  The $2.135m project was funded as part of the Victorian Government's Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund, and was delivered by Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Rosebud pedestrian safety improvements
VicRoads has delivered improvements on Point Nepean Road and the adjacent area to improve safety and address the high level of road trauma involving pedestrians and cyclists.  The works include a new signalised crossing near First Avenue, improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, and a safer speed limit on Point Nepean Road.

Rye Township Plan
The Council has recently adopted the Rye Township Plan strategy that will incorporate many road safety improvements particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. The Shire is seeking funding support from the TAC towards the safe system treatments.

Mornington Peninsula Freeway M11 upgrade
VicRoads is implementing road safety improvements along the M11 from Mt Martha to Rosebud that will assist to address the very high number of fatalities and serious injuries occurring. The installation of wire rope barriers is underway to reduce the severity of run-off road crashes that are the most frequent crash type.  This project is being funded by the State Government.

To find out more about Mornington Peninsula Shire projects, visit Major Projects - Mornington Peninsula Shire (mornpen.vic.gov.au)

The Safe Speed component of Towards Zero relates to travelling at speeds that correspond with the conditions. If speed limits are set appropriately and drivers travel within those limits, the effectiveness of the Safer Roads and Safer Vehicle initiatives are enhanced and help reduce trauma.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s two-year trial of 80 kilometre per hour speed limits on 33 Shire-managed, high risk sealed rural roads commenced in December 2019.

Many of these roads, which had previously been 100km/h and 90km/h, have a significant crash history and high crash risk, including: narrow lanes, large trees close to the road, table drains, and poor sight lines.  By travelling 10km/h slower, you reduce your risk of being seriously injured or killed in a crash by 20 and 30% respectively.

For more information, visit our Safer Speeds page: Safer Speeds | Shape our Future (mornpen.vic.gov.au)