All road users in NSW should be able to arrive safely at their destinations. Roads and Maritime Services works closely with the NSW Centre for Road Safety to improve road safety for all users of the road network.
Understanding more about driver behaviour around work sites
The Pacific Highway upgrade project has been trialing two innovations to improve driver and worker safety.
Variable speed limit signs have been introduced that are updated with the speed limit without the need for workers to enter the road corridor as well as yellow line marking to give clearer indications to drivers that they have entered a work zone and more care is required.
Between February and June 2018, 22 drivers (aged between 25 and 65) were selected to drive a section of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.
The participants were not told of the exact purpose of the study beforehand and were fitted with special equipment and were interviewed afterwards to achieve a better understanding of how drivers perceived and interacted with the variable speed limit signs and yellow line marking.