Road Safety

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Road safety is important to us - MidCoast Council partners with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in a range of initiatives and campaigns to improve community awareness and action on road safety across the MidCoast region. Find out more about all of our road safety priorities below.

We regularly hold FREE workshops for supervising drivers of learners. Watch this space for information on the next workshops. 

Teaching a young person to drive might be the most important lesson you’ll ever give! Make sure you’re well equipped to help your learner driver become a safer driver by attending a free 2-hour workshop aimed at parents and supervising drivers.

Statistics show that young people are over-represented when it comes to accidents and fatalities on our roads. If you’ve taken on the responsibility of supervising a learner driver, you’re in the hot seat when it comes to ensuring they become a confident and safety-conscious motorist.  To prepare yourself for this important role, join a free workshop that will reduce the stress, for you and your learner, and make every lesson more effective.

Attendees will be provided with information, practical advice, and a structured approach to building the competency of their learner, along with confidence in teaching safe driving habits. 

The course has been developed by Roads and Maritime Services who recognise the important part that parents and supervisors play in supporting inexperienced drivers. Workshop content is designed to help supervisors prepare for the role by covering topics such as laws that apply to L and P licence holders, completing the learner driver log book, and the benefits of well supervised on-road driving experience.

Check back here soon for our next schedule of workshops, planned for around September 2019 and March 2020. Alternatively, you can email Council's Road Safety Officer, Chris Dimarco at Road.Safety@midcoast.nsw.gov.au to find out more information and to register your interest.

A new road rule now applies. You must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles which are displaying red or blue flashing lights.

If the road is divided by a median, you do not need to slow down for vehicles on the opposite side of the road.

Where the road has no median divider, you must slow down in both directions to 40km/h.

The 40km/h road rule provides extra protection for emergency workers and volunteers who respond to crashes, breakdowns and other incidents on our roads which can place them at risk.

The new rule begins as a 12-month trial from 1 September 2018.

Reduce your speed in a controlled manner so you are not exceeding 40 km/h when you pass the emergency vehicle. Keep to 40 km/h until you’ve safely passed all people and emergency vehicles.

For more information, visit the Centre for Road Safety website.

Click here to access a comprehensive information booklet about Road Safety for Seniors.

 

Thinking of getting a mobility scooter?

Mobility scooters can be an important part of everyday life for people with limited mobility. Mobility scooters don’t need to be registered and you don’t need a licence to ride one.
With their numbers steadily rising, it’s important to know the road rules and stay safe while using your mobility scooter.

Do some research before you jump on board - our Mobility Scooter Fact Sheet(PDF, 2MB) will get you started.

 

Schools across the region are embracing MidCoast Council's initiative in installing 'kiss and ride' zones to help provide parents with a clear and safe place to drop children off each morning.

The kiss and ride zones marked with blue signage, have been installed already at Forster Public School, Tuncurry Public School and Holy Name School in Forster. They will be progressively rolled out across the MidCoast over the next year.

A kiss and ride zone has exactly the same rules as a "No Parking" sign during the school zone times. You are allowed to pull up and assist your child to exit via the pavement side door - "the safety door". You may get out of the car to unload baggage, but you must remain within three metres of the car. And you must leave within two minutes.   

If you're dropping a child to school, make sure you 'Know the rules'(PDF, 598KB) - check the attached poster and watch the video below to see the zone in action.

Pulling up in designated bus zones or no stopping zones is illegal and unsafe for children alighting from vehicles. To protect our children, penalties and demerit points apply for anyone breaking the rules.

 

Did you know that by law, you must slow down to 40km/h when bus lights flash?

Lights flash on the front and back of a bus when the bus is picking up or setting down school children and research has shown that children are most at risk in the minutes after they get off the bus.

Lights flash to make motorists aware that children are on foot around the bus as well as being an indicator of the bus slowing as it readies to stop.

Research commissioned by the Centre for Road Safety highlighted a need to improve motorists’ awareness of, and compliance with, road rules around bus flashing lights.

As we head into the new school year, remember, “When the lights flash, you must slow down to 40.”

Click here for more information

Don't drink and drive

You need to plan ahead to get home safely after a night out – if you've been drinking, don't drive.

The Plan B drink driving campaign began in August 2012. It is about making positive choices to get home safely after a night out, driving is not an option. 

Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of death and injury on NSW roads.

Throughout the MidCoast area, 54% of drink driving charges relate to drink drivers who have been consuming alcohol at home or at a private residence.

Alarmingly, during the recent three year period, fatal crashes involving alcohol as a contributing factor make up 27% in the MidCoast region, compared to 18% across the Hunter and 14% across the State.

Casualties on our roads as a result of drink driving are 9% on the MidCoast, while the Hunter has 6% and 4% across the State.

All road users - drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and mobility scooter - need to take care, show patience and respect others, and if you’re going to drink then please, don’t drive!

 

 

Motorcycling enthusiasts across the Hunter are set to benefit from a new online guide showcasing the most popular motorcycle rides in our region — from pristine coastlines to wine country roads and beyond.

An online version of the popular ‘Motorcycling the Hunter’ publication has been officially launched, following the release of the print edition during Motorcycle Awareness month in 2018. 

The publication is a result of consultation and collaboration between councils in the Hunter, including MidCoast Council, local riders, groups and experts, which has ultimately informed the content for ‘Motorcycling the Hunter’.

Download your copy below.

 

MotorcyclingTheHunter_A5Booklet_2018_Digital.pdf(PDF, 5MB)