Road Safety

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Wollondilly Shire Council is committed to road safety and keeping the community safe. We have a Road Safety Officer dedicated to promoting and implementing projects developed as part of the Local Government Road Safety Program to target behavioural change for all road users.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) work in partnership with Council. Local projects are developed to target problems identified by Council through crash data, police information, Council staff, community groups, businesses, schools and target groups.

 

Motorcycle riders only represent 3.7% of motor vehicle registrations, although they account for 15% of all road fatalities and 10% of injuries and motorcyclists are increasing in number on the road network.

Riding a motorcycle is more mentally and physically demanding as it requires more focus and complex skills set than driving a car.

Drivers often fail to see motorcyclists on our roads. Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users and this heightened vulnerability greatly increases the level of risk to injury in the event of a crash.

As a result, wearing high visibility and good protective riding gear as well as maintaining awareness at all times can increase a rider’s safety.

The motorcycle safety program aims to increase rider safety to practically assist all motorcyclists improve their skills, knowledge and awareness to enjoy safe riding in Wollondilly Shire.

A motorcycle course to improve road riding skills and feel more confident at all times on the bike targets new/inexperienced motorcycle riders before they start riding with basic motorcycle essentials. To regular riders/experienced riders, a course can provide refresher sessions to update and revise skills.

For further information, please contact Council’s Road Safety Officer on 4677 1100.

As people age, their driving ability is affected and it’s important to improve your safety when you’re out and about on or near the roads. The impact of health changes reduces the ability to survive a crash. People aged 75 years and over are three times more likely to be killed in a crash than people in their twenties.

The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) have developed a presentation called On the Road 65Plus aimed to help people in our Community aged 65 and over make safer choices when driving, riding, walking, using a mobility scooter etc.

Advice and safety tips about health, dementia, driving the safest car, detecting changes in our own driving, retiring from driving, transport options and using public transport is available to help you stay independent and safe. Learn about NSW older driver licencing system including driving assessment information requirements that come into effect at 75 and 85 years.

Refreshments are provided. Bookings are essential.

To book a presentation at your retirement village, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 4677 1100.

Did you know?

By law, when travelling in a car, children under 7 years of age must be secured in a the correct child car seat for their age and size.

The NSW Transport Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) advice:

  • Children under 6 months must be restrained in an approved rearward-facing restraint.
  • Children aged between 6 months and 4 years must be restrained in an approved rearward or forward-facing restraint.
  • Children aged between 4 years and 7 years must be restrained in an approved forward-facing restraint or booster seat.

It is strongly recommended that children aged 7 years and over stay in their booster seats until they are too tall for them or until they fit well in a normal seat belt. Adult lap-sash seat belts are designed for people with a minimum height of 145cm.

Wollondilly Shire Council offers “free” child car seat fitting checks, three times a year to residents of the Shire. This service is provided by a RMS authorised local fitter, Picton Tyre & Mechanical.

For a list of upcoming events, visit our What's On Page

Bookings are essential.

For further information, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 4677 1100.

 

Supervising / Parent Workshop

'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers Workshop'

In order to provide practical advice about the role of supervising learner drivers and the value of on-road driving experience, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), in conjunction with Council, provides the 'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers' Workshop in Local Government areas.

This workshop is designed to support parents, relatives and friends in the supervision of a learner driver. Council's Road Safety Officer delivers the two hour workshop for parents and other supervisors of learner drivers.

The 2-hour workshop seeks to provide practical advice about:
• Supervising learner drivers
• Completing the Learner driver log book
• Understanding the benefits of safety aspects of supervised on-road driving practice
• Understanding the licence conditions for learners and provisional licence holders
• How to plan driving sessions
• How to deal with difficulties that may arise during driving practice and
• The importance of giving the learner constructive feedback

Learner Driver

'Wollondilly Learner Driver Log Book Run'

The Wollondilly learner driver log book run is an opportunity for learner drivers and their supervising drivers to participate in a planned drive that includes a range of driving experiences.

What happens on a Log Book Run Event?

An overview of the project and the route is provided to all participants. Learners and their supervisors are breath tested, their licenses checked and each learner is issued with route directions, a map and an evaluation form. Cars are then fitted out with an identifying flag (so that no one gets lost), registration validity and tyres checked. They then set off to follow the directions and once all participants have completed the drive, they are treated to a light snack. There is the opportunity to discuss the experience with other participants. The cost is free to Wollondilly participants. The Wollondilly Road Safety Group provides assistance with the running of this event on average, 4 times per year.

For a list of upcoming events, visit our What's On page.

Bookings are essential.

For more information contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 4677 1100.