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.
Work with other local agencies including the Police, community groups, schools and the RMS - Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA) has allowed Council to disseminate important road safety information to a wider audience.
At present there are three main areas of road safety concern in the Hills Shire. These are speed, fatigue and drink driving.
The Hills Shire statistics show that in the 5 year period between 2007 and 2011, 13% of all road crashes in the Shire involved speeding, 7% of all road crashes involved fatigue and 3% of all road crashes involved alcohol.
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.
Outlined below are some of our current Road Safety Projects...
1. Hills Alcohol Accord Alternate Transport Project
This project is designed to promote the alternate transport options offered by many of the licensed premises in The Hills Shire including details of courtesy buses and their operating times and contact details
To download a copy of the 2013 Hills Accord Transport Wallet card click below or contact Council's Road Safety Officer on +61 2 9843 0145 if you would like a copy mailed out to you.
Hills Accord Transport Wallet Card (369.13kB)
Hills Accord Transport Wallet Card (361.38kB)
2. Young Drivers
Young drivers in New South Wales are over represented in road crashes. In The Hills Shire between 2007 and 2011, 28% of crashes involved a motor vehicle driver aged 17 - 25 years. In 2011, 17 - 25 year olds represented 26% of motor vehicle casualties in the Shire. 50% of casualty crashes involving drivers aged 17 - 25 years had speed as a contributor and 31% involved alcohol.The following programs are designed to address these issues:
RYDA Young Driver Awareness Program
This program was piloted in 2000 based on a successful model run in the Wingecaribee Shire since 1998. It is a one-day workshop driver education program for Year 11 students in the Shire. Co-ordinated by the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) Committee this program aims to provide road safety information for young people. The program is run on an annual basis and involves presentations by local Police, Health and Headway representatives on a variety of topics including safe celebrating, the dangers of drink driving, how to keep your license and insurance information and costs.If you would like to find out more about the RYDA program or are interested in your school participating in this program please click on the link http://www.ryda.org.au/
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 27 March, 2014 at 6.30pm 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.
A new 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
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)
3. School 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.
4. Child Restraint Safety
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 Day will be held on:
Wednesday 28 May, 2014
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.
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.
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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