Insurer names top 10 worst roads for crashes in the ACT

Michael Weaver 22 November 2020 13
Accident on Drakeford Drive at Kambah

A police officer surveys the aftermath of an accident on Drakeford Drive at Kambah. Photo: Images Instantly.

Canberra Avenue has taken the dubious title of having the most motor vehicle accidents in the ACT, according to new data from insurer AAMI, which also indicated that the most common type of car accidents in the Territory were nose-to-tail collisions, accounting for 67 per cent of crashes.

Mondays were also the worst day on the road for accidents, especially during the afternoon period.

The AAMI Crash Index, which analysed 350,000 accident insurance claims across the country from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, shines a light on the territory’s most dangerous roads to encourage drivers to remain safe and vigilant while behind the wheel.

There were six new entries in Canberra’s top ten, including Drakeford Drive at Kambah, which is the fourth most likely location for a crash. Other new hotspots include Haydon Drive at Bruce, the Federal Highway at Watson and the Barton Highway at Hall.

Infographic showing Canberra's top 10 crash hot spots.

Fyshwick is Canberra’s crash hot spot, according to new to data from national insurer AAMI. Image: Supplied.

While there had been a decrease in the number of crashes during the COVID-19 lockdown, numbers returned to normal very quickly.

AAMI spokesperson Paul Sofronoff said the top two locations in Canberra have a long history fighting over the top spot.

“The top two locations have been battling it out for the number one spot for some time. Canberra Avenue at Fyshwick previously held the dishonourable crown as Canberra’s worst crash hotspot for three years from 2015 to 2017 with Hume’s Monaro Highway at number two, before swapping rankings for 2018 and 2019,” he said.

“In 2020, Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick has taken back the crown, but it isn’t really something for locals to celebrate.”

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The AAMI Crash Index also found the afternoon hours between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm were the worst times for crashes.

The information comes as ACT Policing launched a new road safety campaign, highlighting the need for drivers to slow down. More than 900 people were caught speeding in the ACT in July, and 85 were caught speeding in a school zone.

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13 Responses to Insurer names top 10 worst roads for crashes in the ACT
gositsa gositsa 8:40 pm 30 Nov 20

Yes, tailgaters, especially d…head tradies in their 4X4’s
I had one towing a huge trailer sitting about a meter off my on the Parkway. I sped up to about 120 to try & get some distance & he still kept on my tail. I couldn’t move over for some time because the left lane was full. Had there been any accident he would have crushed me & anyone else unfortunate enough to be in the way. I must get a rear camera so these sorts of things can be on record.

Elizabeth Owen Elizabeth Owen 7:35 am 22 Nov 20

I hate driving in Fyshwick. Motorists drive above the speed limit and tail gate. Hoon city.

Denis Lynne Furness Denis Lynne Furness 8:51 am 20 Nov 20

It has nothing to do with the foads more about the driver

Owen Ho Owen Ho 10:49 pm 19 Nov 20

How do you even crash in Canberra......

    Alex Fulford Alex Fulford 7:51 pm 21 Nov 20

    Owen Ho I live in chronic pain as a survivor. How about you live with the injuries for a life time and see how you like it mate, before opening your stupid mouth. Try being unable to walk, try living 24/7 in chronic pain that gets worse as you age and being the innocent victim.

Peter Major Peter Major 10:30 pm 19 Nov 20

Nothing wrong with the roads, but the same can't be said about the drivers.

Jenny Bolin Jenny Bolin 6:41 pm 19 Nov 20

Definitely the drivers! This afternoon on my way home, turning onto the Monaro Hwy at Mugga Lane, just about to the end of the merging lane and a vehicle sped up to be in front of me, then swerved across the lanes between cars, to end up back in the right hand lane. Then on Isabella Dve, just past Chisholm shops where two lanes merge into one a car came from behind me to push in front of me! No wonder there are accidents!

Chantell Hunt Chantell Hunt 2:26 pm 19 Nov 20

Roads aren’t the issue it’s drivers

    Ryan Cantrill Ryan Cantrill 7:10 pm 19 Nov 20

    Chantell Hunt yet now they will reduce speed limits even more and put traffic lights at every intersection

    Dave Edwards Dave Edwards 8:22 pm 19 Nov 20

    Chantell Hunt definitely drivers are to blame, but if it was the drivers alone, there would be a more even spread of accidents. These higher accident spots are drivers AND a bad spot

    Daniel Trevarthen Daniel Trevarthen 9:14 pm 19 Nov 20

    Dave Edwards not necessarily. The higher accident spots are also high traffic volume spots - particularly in mornings and afternoons, when people are impatient to get to work, distracted sitting in traffic, and making poor choices. I think it really is significantly more weighted towards the drivers being the issue.

    Daniel Trevarthen Daniel Trevarthen 9:37 pm 19 Nov 20

    Chantell Hunt I know, right!

    Elizabeth Owen Elizabeth Owen 7:43 am 22 Nov 20

    Dave Edwards I think there is a link to the social and age demographic of people working in certain areas. Namely, it's ok to drive above the speed limit and tailgate if you are driving a work vehicle in an industrial area. It is part of the culture. I get tailgated driving at the speed limit in Fyshwick.

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