The Hills Shire Council is committed to making improvements to road safety in the Shire for both residents and visitors. Council employs a Road Safety Officer to run public education campaigns to highlight road safety issues in the Shire.
Projects to address these issues are run each year with funding from the RMS. These projects are targeted at relevant age groups or the general population and are designed to increase the awareness of road safety and its impact on our lives.
Below are some of our current Road Safety Projects...
Helping Learner Drivers become Safer Drivers
These workshops are RMS funded and produced. They are run by the Road Safety Officer for The Hills Shire Council. The free two-hour workshop is designed for those who supervise learner drivers. The workshop aims to better equip supervisors of young drivers to assist their Learner Driver to gain the 120 hours of logbook driving required for the logbook of the Graduated Licensing Scheme.
Further information about the Graduated Licensing Scheme can be found at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/index.html. The workshops provide practical advice about the role of the supervising driver, the importance of on-road driving experience and how this can be obtained. It has been found that if a learner driver is provided with a variety of driving experiences as a learner driver they are less likely to be involved in a road crash when they first gain their license.
The next workshop will be held on:
Thursday 26 February , 2015 at 6.00pm in Community Meeting Room 2 (ground floor) The Hills Shire Council, 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills
Bookings are essential for these workshops phone +61 2 9843 0145.
Drives for Learners in Hornsby, Hawkesbury and The Hills
A booklet is available which features mapped driving routes in the local government areas of The Hills, Hornsby and Hawkesbury for supervisors to take their learner driver on. These routes provide step by step directions, rest areas, road safety tips and assistance to help your learner driver gain the 120 hours of logbook driving required in the Graduated License Scheme.
To download a copy of the booklet click below:
Drives for Learners (5.11MB)
A Federal Government initiative called Key2drive is also available to all Learner drivers and their Supervisors and provides one free lesson to a Learner driver and their Supervisor. Register at www.keys2drive.com.au
School Road Safety
Road safety information is available to schools and can be packaged for new families at the start of the school year. Information included is from the RMS and provides information about safe school parking, bus safety and crossing roads safely with primary school aged children.
Council's Compliance Officers have a timetable of parking enforcement at schools which can be supported with educational information and road safety newsletter inserts to assist in making the roads around schools safer for children. Many parking offences in school zones carry heavier fines and loss of demerit points.
School Zone Fines and Penalties
If your school would like road safety information brochures provided for families at the school please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on +61 2 9843 0145.
Child Restraint Fitting Days
Free child restraint fitting days are held each year to assist families with the correct use and fitting of child restraints in their cars to ensure the safety of young children. The use of the correct child car restraint and its correct fit by an RMS approved restraint fitter is vital to ensure the safety of young children in the event of a car accident.
The next free Child Restraint Checking Days in 2015 will be held on:
Wednesday 25 February
Wednesday 20 May
Wednesday 26 August
Wednesday 25 November
If you would like to book a time to have your restraint checked at the next Child Restraint Checking Day please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on +61 2 9843 0145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Places are limited and dates fill up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please note: Bookings are only taken for the next available date. Bookings for the future dates can be made after each day is held.
For information regarding the choice of an appropriate child restraint for the age and size of your child and the laws regarding the use of Child Restraints for all children up to 7 years of age, and the compulsory use of the back seat for children under 7 years of age (enacted in New South Wales on March 1, 2010) visit the RMS website.
For help in choosing the correct child restraint for the age of your child please visit www.carseats.com.au
If you would like further information about any of the above programs or you have any road safety concerns contact Council's Road Safety Officer on +61 2 9843 0145 or email email@example.com
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