Sometimes it is clear from the outset that a road safety audit will not yield a favourable safety assessment, due to conditions clearly not meeting relevant standards.
In these instances, it can be beneficial to have RSA undertake a risk analysis.
When a design does not meet safety standards, a risk analysis acknowledges road safety risks but weighs up site specific factors such as a detailed crash history, 85th percentile speeds, road geometry, existing road conditions, and historically ‘acceptable risks’ eg. signal pedestals within the clear zone.
As a result, consideration can be given to the issue with much more emphasis on the relative risk, rather than what can at times be a black/white approach of auditing.