Audible lines to be installed on Dukes Highway

More than $30 million will be spent installing audible strips to alert drivers who drift from their lane

December 11, 2012

More than $30 million will be spent installing audible strips on the Dukes Highway in South Australia to alert inattentive drivers who drift from their lane.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the centre line strips will be installed between Yumali and Culburra and Tintinara and Bordertown.

He says audible strips can reduce the number of crashes by as much as 14 percent. The federal and South Australian governments are also investing money in other projects along the route.

"While audible strips are the main tool being used to improve safety along this important road, we are also removing roadside hazards, building new rest areas, installing extra overtaking lanes and erecting roadside barriers," Albanese says.

The Federal Government has pledged $80 million to the works, with $20 million coming from South Australia.

South Australian Road Safety Minister Jennifer Rankine says the works are expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

"Already we’ve installed similar audible lines along 33km of the Dukes Highway between Tailem Bend and Coomandook as well as from Bordertown to the Victorian Border," she says.

"Motorists should be aware that the wider centreline doesn’t change the rules for overtaking. There will still be broken lines indicating where overtaking is allowed and solid lines for where it is not."

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