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.

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.

Upcoming workshop dates for 2020 are to be advised.

Call 7955 7372, or complete the booking form below.

Click here to view form.

Road Rule Change - Important Information:

The NSW government introduced a trial of a road rule that required motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles with flashing blue or red lights approximately in September 2018. This trial has now been completed and as a result of the trial, changes will be made to the road rules.

From Thursday 26 September 2019:

  • Drivers will no longer need to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over.
  • Drivers will continue to be required to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed limits of 80km/h or under.
  • The rule will be expanded to include tow trucks and breakdown assistance vehicles, which are displaying yellow flashing lights while stopped on the road.

On roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over drivers will need to: 

  • Slow to a speed which is safe and reasonable for the circumstances.
  •  Give sufficient space between their vehicle and the breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle and workers.
  • On multi-lane roads, drivers must change lanes to keep the lane next to the vehicle free if it is safe to do so. 

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!

 

 

Helmet Safety Ratings

Motorcyclists will have more information about making safe helmet choices with the release of safety ratings during Motorcycling Awareness Month 2019.

Motorcyclists are much more exposed than motorists if they’re in a crash which is why choosing the best helmet is so important.

So far this year, there have been 51 motorcyclists killed on NSW roads. This is eight more than during the same period last year. In 2018, 16% of all road fatalities (54 fatalities) and 12 per cent of all road injuries (2,096 injuries) were sustained by motorcyclists. When you realise motorcycles only account for around 4% of all motor vehicle registrations these statistics are concerning.

Helmets are proven to reduce the severity of head injuries as well as the likelihood of death and permanent injury. These CRASH ratings give riders more information so they can choose the best helmet for their situation

The ratings for helmets and clothing can be viewed online at www.crash.org.au  and www.motocap.com.au.

Motorcycling the Hunter

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)

TEMPORARY RUMBLE STRIPS TO BOOST SAFETY

Road worksites will get a safety boost across the State with new portable rumble strips to be rolled out over the coming months to help remind motorists to slow down and look out at roadworks.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said road safety was a priority of the NSW Government.

“The Government’s enormous investment in roads to improve connectivity in the bush means there is an unprecedented amount of roadwork happening across NSW – and we want to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep road workers on these sites safe,” Mr Toole said.

“That’s why we are rolling out new, bright yellow temporary rumble strips at selected worksites to alert drivers and riders of changed traffic conditions.”

Mr Toole said the strips were around 20mm high and would generate a sound along with vibrations when a motorist travels over them.

“These rumble strips will be rolled out at selected roadwork sites across NSW where the limit is 60 kilometres per hour or less along with signs to assist in alerting road users to the changes conditions,” Mr Toole said.

“When you approach any worksite, remember to slow down, be patient and help keep everyone on our roads safe.

“Drivers and motorcyclists don’t need to brake suddenly or try to swerve around the strips, and pedestrians and bicycle riders can be reassured that there will be safe travel paths for them where the rumble strips are in use.”

Temporary portable rumble strips are in use in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

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