A number of Melbourne’s busiest roads have been identified as hot spots where reckless drivers are most likely to cause accidents.
Car insurance company AAMI today released their 2014 AAMI Crash Index Report, which identifies Melbourne’s most dangerous roads and intersections.
Springvale Road in Glen Waverley has been identified as the number one spot where dangerous drivers have caused avoidable collisions, followed by Plenty Road, Bundoora, and Springvale Road, Springvale.
“All of the identified hotspots are actually multi-lane roads and freeways,” AAMI announced. “High speed zones were the main contributing factor, and the report found from insurance claims that speeds reached up to 100 and 110 km/h in most instances.”
AAMI recently developed a safe driving app in an attempt to reduce the number of road accidents. The app was originally created to combat dangerous and risky driving behaviour, which includes texting, drink driving and ignoring speed limits.
“Young drivers contribute most to these statistics,” AAMI reported. “Most of the drivers were under 25 years of age and were engaged in risk taking behaviours such as texting and driving at the same time, and driving under alcoholic influence, despite the guidelines enforced by VicRoads for probationary drivers.”
The report showed that other drivers were a high contributing factor to road accidents at 40 per cent, with loss of concentration and/or being distracted following closely at 29 per cent.
Approximately 240,000 insurance claims were made by drivers over the last year, with 3700 motorists being surveyed as part of the crash index report.
Of the people surveyed, 75 per cent said stricter penalties for unsafe drivers would be beneficial in helping to avoid these accidents. – Sarah Batt
Top photo from Chad Nicholson’s Flickr photostream.