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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Back by popular demand, the 2017 edition of the Safer Seniors Calendar is now available.  It provides helpful advice for older drivers, passengers and pedestrians all year round, and is funded by the Local Government Road Safety Program.  View the online Seniors Calendar here.

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