A Mid West Shire president has warned someone will die if improvements are not made to a road used by heavy vehicles. Chapman Valley Shire president Anthony Farrell said he had been lobbying Main Roads about Chapman Valley Road, which had heavy grain trucks travelling on it at certain times of the year and needed work urgently. “It’s clearly a lack of funding, the road in some places has a narrow seal six-and-a-half metres wide which under their own standards should be wider,” he said. “It won’t be long until someone dies on that road.” Similarly, Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said many roads in the shire weren’t built for the current volume of traffic. “In the Gascoyne region we’re developing our pastoral, mining and tourism industries like the government wants us to do but we don’t have the roads to support this,” he said. Their comments came as the Royal Automobile Club of WA called on the State Government to upgrade more than 17,000km of the regional road network. Deaths on WA’s regional roads occur at four times the national average. RAC general manager for corporate affairs, Will Golsby, said 2019 was one of the worst in recent years for road trauma. “These low-cost road improvements would reduce road trauma by an unprecedented 60 per cent and prevent more than 2100 serious crashes from occurring in the next decade,” he said. Chairman of the Mid West Industrial Road Safety Alliance, Bob Hall, said he welcomed any improvements to driving conditions. But he stressed his past experience as a police officer taught him driver education was equally important. “There’s never going to be a big enough bucket of money to fix every issue on the road,” he said.