Recently in Melbourne there have been two serious incidents involving vehicular homicide. The first, in January 2017, resulted in an appalling toll of dead and injured. The second in Flinders St on the 21st of December also resulted in multiple injuries and a death.
Such acts – in both cases perpetrated by drug affected mentally ill drivers – demonstrate the need for the City of Melbourne to upgrade its access mechanisms to areas used heavily by predominantly Pedestrian traffic. Hydraulic Bollards, Boom Gates and in the case of large event crowd gatherings, Portable Crash Barriers, must be considered, installed and operated here on in. Worldwide other cities have had such devices in use now for over 10 years.
Hydraulic Bollards can be raised and lowered using sensors. These will ensure non-authorised vehicles cannot enter restricted areas such as the Bourke St Mall. These are also suitable for major Pedestrian crossings. Alternatively Boom Gates, again sensor operated, can allow access to trams or emergency vehicles, with the use of approved sensors.
With major events AML thoroughly recommend the use of Portable Crash Barriers – see here
With events like ‘White Night’, the ‘Chinese New Year’ and the range of Events staged throughout the year in the CBD and nearby, Crash Barriers deployed by one or two people make good sense in preventing such tragedies as experienced here, in Nice, London, New York and Berlin. Crash Barriers can stop a vehicle travelling at 50km/h completely.
Be prepared, plan and action sensible strategies as required. Much of Melbourne’s CBD Grid still operated on the same principles as were implemented in the 1960s. It’s time to update and save lines.
For further information about Crash Barriers please call AML on 03-9326-2244 or leave your contact details here to be contacted by one of our staff.
Planning, Prevention, Protection with AML Risk Management