Across the United Kingdom, road safety auditors carry out many road safety audits (RSA) on various schemes ranging from new commercial developments, new residential schemes through to checking the safety of railway level crossings.
In their travels across the country, it is noticed that it is often the same issues that crop up time and time again. Therefore, it is highly appropriate to highlight some of these common highway safety ailments in order to create greater awareness of these reoccurring safety issues amongst those professionals in the construction sector.
The UK auditors have identified Common Road Safety Problems:
Poorly sited pedestrian crossings
Poorly designed or non-existent tactile paving at pedestrian crossings
Obscured signage (eg. by trees or other signs)
Poorly sited street furniture such as bollards
Lack of guard railing
Inadequate road signage
Lack of road markings
Lack of anti-skid
Poorly sighted traffic signal heads
Lack of dropped kerbs for pedestrians and wheelchair users
Of course there are many other issues, but these are the main ones.
It is worth remembering, that the aim of the road safety audit is to check that the scheme design has thoroughly dealt with all the safety issues and not just the main ones. You can browse https://www.trafficengineeringcentre.com/road-safety-audits.html to get more info on road safety audits.
By being thorough, it is possible to minimise the number of accidents as well as the severity of those accidents on public highways. It is down to the scheme designer and client to respond appropriately to the audit recommendations.
However, the highway safety auditor must provide an assessment of the risk involved, and the reasoning why a recommendation is made. By doing this the designer will have a clear and objective view of the key issues and problems that have been raised in the audit.