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The challenges of implementing side traffic activated rural speeds (STARS)

Morris, S., Bond, J.

Intersections and Roundabouts Rural Road Safety Safer Roads

ARSC conference 2018

One of the highest risk areas on rural roads is intersections, particularly where smaller side roads intersect with main roads. To find a low cost, effective treatment for high speed intersections Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is piloting Side Traffic Activated Rural Speeds (STARS) which is based on the Rural Intersection Activated Warning Signs (RIAWS) program that operates in New Zealand. Three intersections at Wahring, Yalca and Barnawatha have been selected for the Victorian- first trial and were switched on in December 2017. This article outlines the challenges that were identified and the practical solutions developed to overcome these challenges.