The state government will rollout new signage in German, French and Mandarin to improve safety some of Western Australia’s roads including the notorious Indian Ocean Drive.

The trial follows a spate of fatal crashes in recent years involving tourists.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says that research has found that international drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in head-on collisions.

“Head-on crashes invariably have a devastating effect, so any measure to address the issue is worth trialling.

“Given international holiday visitors in 2018-19 were the highest on record for WA, we want to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep motorists safe.”

The trial involves the installation of signs with symbolic ‘keep left’ arrows, and ‘keep left’ spelt in German, French and Mandarin.

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

Indian Ocean Drive – which connects WA’s coastal tourism hotspots of Lancelin, Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Dongara – will be the first road to receive the signage.