The nation’s peak road safety organisation has backed calls for the State Government to lower the speed limit on one of WA’s “riskiest” roads. The RAC has responded to local residents’ ongoing pleas for a speed limit change from 110km/h to 80km/h on a stretch of Bussell Highway at Capel to improve safety. The Bunbury Herald reported on November 9 that Main Roads WA would launch an investigation into traffic behaviour on Bussell Highway in November in response to long-held concerns about the 2km stretch of highway between Spurr Street and the northern turn-off for Capel Drive. The area, which was in 2019 labelled by the RAC as the riskiest in regional WA, has five different intersections and multiple private land access points in which motorists pull into two lanes of traffic moving at 110km/h in opposite directions. The Shire of Capel also passed a motion pushed by the Capel Road Safety Action Group to support research by the MRWA in last month’s ordinary council meeting, and will receive a report including information about permanent traffic control intervention that could improve safety. In response to the Herald article last week, RAC external relations manager Will Golsby, pictured, said lowering the speed limit was the correct move. “Speed continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes in Western Australia, and particularly in regional WA where most of our road trauma occurs every year,” he said. “Evidence on the life-saving benefits of reducing speed limits is significant and growing and is highlighted in both the WA and national road safety strategies. “There are a lot of opinions about speed, however the fact is that lowering limits by just 10 per cent has a very small impact on journey times but can reduce deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent on higher speed roads. The Capel Road Safety Action group has petitioned for action from the Shire of Capel and MRWA to reduce the speed limit from 110km/h to 80km/h. Mr Golsby said he commended the group’s efforts. “We look forward to seeing the recommendations put forward by Main Roads as a result of their investigation.” Bunbury MLA Don Punch welcomed the safety review by Main Roads and said an investigation was the most thorough way to approach the issue, rather than simply dropping the speed limit. “You can drop speed limits and sometimes have unintended consequences that can actually increase risk for other people,” he said.