Multilingual Road Signs for Tourists in WA

Western Australia will trial multilingual road signs on some tourist routes in a bid to boost safety for international travellers.

Signs with directional arrows and “keep left” written in German, French, and Mandarin will first be installed at Indian Ocean Drive, where there have been several deadly head-on crashes.

Directional arrows will also be painted intermittently on the road surface to remind drivers to keep left in Australia.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said crash data from 2014 to 2018 showed international drivers were 35 per cent more likely to be involved in head-on crashes, particularly if they usually drive on the right hand side of the road.

Other routes to receive the signs will be Minilya-Exmouth Road, Northampton-Kalbarri Road and Burkett Road.

Planning is also underway to consider the cost and suitability of installing the signs at Brookton Highway and Caves Road.

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