EastLink is one of Melbourne's safest roads, with a relatively low rate of accidents that result in casualties.
EastLink includes a lot of safety features along its length, including video monitoring, 24/7 control room, 24/7 incident response vehicles, emergency lanes on both sides of the carriageways, help phones, digital variable message signs, tunnel safety systems and lane control systems.
While all of this contributes to safety on the road, it is ultimately the driving behaviour of motorists that determines the accident rate.
We would like to thank our customers for driving safely, and also provide some more tips to help keep you safe. These tips might seem obvious to you, but we have compiled this list because of what we see happening.
Keeping left unless overtaking will allow quicker traffic to pass you safely, and will help reduce frustrations that can arise. It also discourages overtaking on the left, which can be dangerous. Of course, all traffic must observe the speed limit at all times.
A wet road surface will reduce the grip your vehicle has on the road, and will increase braking distances. Entry and exit ramps often include a much tighter turn compared the the open road. We do see vehicles lose control on ramps or collide with the vehicle in front. Always drive according to the conditions.
The red cross lane markers and variable speed limit signs are used to protect you, as well as other motorists, maintenance workers, incident and emergency service personnel. Always look out for and obey these important signs.
Every day our crews collect debris from the road. Ladders, garden chairs, paint tubs... the list is endless. Even a small item dropped on the road might cause a following vehicle to swerve suddenly and result in a mult-vehicle collision. At motorway speeds this could be fatal. Secure your load - including small items.
The EastLink control room monitors safety on EastLink, every minute of every day: