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Commissioner for Highways - 11 September 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Friday 11 September 2015

Dear customers,


I’m passionate about safety, and in my roles as Commissioner of Highways and Rail Commissioner I am constantly asking how we can move people about more safely, however they choose to travel.

Safety around Rail level Crossings impacts both road and rail, and my Department is close to bringing our suggestions for level crossings to you and rail users for comment.

Please familiarise yourselves with the rules around level crossings. Our safety quiz is a good place to start.


Since the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure announced Operation Moving Traffic in July we have received suggestions from hundreds of South Australians about improvements to improve traffic information and ease congestion on our roads.

A total of 35 real-time travel signs were switched on across Metropolitan Adelaide as part of the first stage of the initiative, and suggestions including new and extended clearways and the creation of more indented bus bays will be considered.

The system improvements for Operation Moving Traffic are low cost and innovative and designed to make better use of existing infrastructure with information and technology.

Please keep your suggestions coming. I’m keen to continue the conversation about how we can improve your travel experience.


My Department has a major role to play in road infrastructure in the State, and this includes working closely with Councils on speed and road infrastructure issues.

Work around changing speed priorities at various locations must take into account the ‘bigger picture’ safety and traffic management requirements of cars, pedestrians, commercial vehicles, cyclists and public transport.

Certainly the recent planning for bikeways around metropolitan Adelaide has highlighted the issues which need to be considered in both layout and access by all travel mode types.

We’re also looking at how gophers are handled and in particular access to roads and footpaths. This is a work in progress and I’ll keep you updated.


In my last message to you I spoke about how Aboriginal people are over represented in our road fatality statistics, which is simply unacceptable.

We are committed to tackling this, and following the launch of a new online resource to improve road safety for Aboriginal people I’m delighted to inform you that my ‘On the Right Track Remote’ team recently spent time in the APY Lands, teaching young people about road safety and helping them get a driving licence.

This work is so valuable because gaining a driving licence could unlock opportunities for Aboriginal people to become more independent and help them find work.


A small lapse in concentration when driving can have devastating consequences. If you are driving you cannot and should not use a mobile phone for any reason. Please consider your safety and that of your passengers, other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and do the right thing.


Please find attached a copy of the last Commissioner of Highways Minutes from the meeting in June.


I welcome your feedback on how we can improve our roads. Please email me directly at

Michael Deegan

Commissioner of Highways