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Road Safety Newsletter
september 2015
Issue 9

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Have you seen us online lately?
The RoadWise Program website has had a makeover!
You will still find all the great road safety information you need, but we have brightened up the look and feel of the site.

In particular on the home page, you will notice a more visual 'Latest News' section which now includes photos to better showcase local road safety projects and initiatives.

We've also updated the 'Events Calendar' which makes events easier to find and also helps us promote them better.

Visitors accessing the site from mobile devices should find the website easier to navigate whilst on the move, and finding road safety posts on social media is also easier with the addition of Facebook and Twitter buttons which link directly to WALGA's social media accounts.

Finally, we've added an image gallery feature which allows us to showcase more pictures from local events in each region as well as the larger Statewide initiatives like Blessing of the Roads, Road Ribbon for Road Safety® and Driver Reviver.

Pictured above: The new-look RoadWise Program website.
If you would like to promote a local road safety event or project through the RoadWise Program website or in the RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter, please use the 'Submit Your Story' feature on the website. We'd love to promote more of the great road safety activities happening across the State.
Showcasing the Swan RoadWise Committee
RoadWise Committees and local road safety groups work very hard to address local road safety issues through targeted projects and initiatives. The RoadWise Program is keen to acknowledge these groups and their vital contribution to the community road safety network by showcasing the great work they do.
This edition, we showcase the City of Swan RoadWise Committee, whose members are committed to raising awareness of road safety by regularly organising and participating in road safety activities in their local community.

Dedication has led to three of their members, Cr. Mick Wainwright (current Chair), Kevin Smith (previous Chair) and Tom Nagy (community representative) each contributing to the committee for more than ten years.
Working with the City of Swan, the City of Swan RoadWise Committee has helped implement a wide variety of initiatives across all four cornerstones including:
  • The Reggie's Road Rules campaign which uses posters and other material to clarify various road rules and provide safety tips about topics such as driver distraction, motorcycle awareness and cycling/pedestrian safety. Reggie is also proudly displayed on several City of Swan rubbish trucks. The Reggie's Road Rules campaign won an award in the 2014 Local Government Road Safety Awards.
  • A new crash trailer that aims to raise awareness of road safety issues. The trailer is on display around the City and is loaned to other Local Governments and organisations to promote road safety. The crash trailer, which is supported by WA Police, the RAC and WALGA's RoadWise Program, was refurbished thanks to a grant from the Government of Western Australia’s Road Safety Community Grants Program.
  • Free vehicle and child car restraint checks which are run in partnership with the City of Stirling Road Safety Working Group prior to the Easter and Christmas holiday period each year.
  • A comprehensive fleet safety policy which ensures vehicles purchased have a minimum 5-star ANCAP safety rating for all sedans and 4-star rating for all light commercial vehicles.
The success of the City of Swan RoadWise committee is attributed to the valuable contribution of both City of Swan staff and volunteer members.

To find out more about the City of Swan RoadWise Committee and their local road safety activities, visit the Committee's RoadWise webpage.

Pictured above: Swan RoadWise Committee members (clockwise from front) Lyn Jutte, Kevin Smith, Margaret Smith, Tom Nagy, Tracy Butler, Letizia Ludewig, Cr. Mick Wainwright, Colin Pumphrey, Margaret Ryan and Karen White. Committee members Richard Passmore, Dave Wright and Andrew Reid not pictured.

Pictured above: One of Reggie's Road Rules on display on a City of Swan Rubbish Truck; Reggie promoting the Swan RoadWise Committee.
If you are a member of a RoadWise Committee or local road safety group and would like to showcase your group's ongoing contribution to road safety in your community in a future edition of this newsletter, please contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.     
Enjoy the ride at the right pace in Esperance
This September the Esperance RoadWise Committee is promoting the ‘Esperance Enjoy the Ride’ campaign.
The campaign launched with a free yoga class and a community breakfast to help remind the community how good it can be to slow down and enjoy life at the right pace.

The Committee chose to run the campaign in the lead up and during harvest season because it is such a busy time on the local road network.

One of the key messages is for people driving behind trucks during harvest. Drivers are reminded to slow down rather than overtake trucks unnecessarily in a bid to save what is probably a small amount of time off their journey.

Speed and distance calculations demonstrate how little time is really saved by reducing your speed by 10km/h.

If a driver was to slow down from 110km/h to 100km/h for a distance of 20 kilometres while travelling behind a truck, their travel time would only increase by just over one minute!

Pictured above: Two of the Esperance ‘Enjoy the Ride’ posters being used to promote the campaign.

The Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program has provided funding for a variety of supporting campaign materials including bumper stickers, coffee cup stickers, posters, banners and postcards which will greatly assist the Committee to promote the message throughout the community.

Local coffee retailers are supporting the initiative by featuring the ‘Enjoy the Ride’ logo on their take away coffees at promotional events during the campaign period as a reminder for people to slow down and enjoy the ride.
To find out more about the 'Enjoy the Ride' campaign, visit the Shire of Esperance website, Shire of Esperance Facebook page or contact Road Safety Advisor Tiffany Brown.
Recognising Albany's Michael Calton and the Coolgardie Men in  Sheds
The Albany RoadWise Committee recently said farewell to longstanding community member Michael Calton.
Michael has been an active member of the committee since 2008 and was particularly interested in representing the views of seniors and vulnerable road users. As a member of the Albany Seniors Advisory Committee, he acted as a conduit between the two committees.

A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Michael at the August RoadWise meeting.

The Committee would like to wish Michael all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts in improving road safety in Albany over the past seven years.

Pictured above: Michael Calton receives his Certificate of Appreciation.

The Coolgardie Men in Sheds recently received a Certificate of Appreciation for refurbishing the Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise trailer.

The trailer provides a visual reminder for local motorists to travel safely throughout the Goldfields and is utilised by both the Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise Committee and the wider community to promote road safety messages.

Wayne Bird from Coolgardie Men in Sheds said the Men’s Shed was happy to support initiatives that assisted the community.

“When we were approached by a RoadWise Committee member last year to see if we would be interested in refurbishing their trailer, we thought it was a great opportunity to get involved in a community project as we had only just become a member of the W.A. Men’s Shed group," he said

"We were able to salvage the damaged vehicle and the damaged motorbike was donated by a local Kalgoorlie lady."

"Refurbishing the trailer gave our members the opportunity to try out their metal working skills with welding, grinding, painting and all of the other requirements the trailer needed.”

This project was supported by a Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grant.
If you know someone who goes above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to road safety in your community, why not recognise them with a Human Spirit Award? Contact your closest Road Safety Advisor  or visit the RoadWise Program website to find out how to submit your nomination.
Heading south for the Queen's Birthday long weekend?
The next Plantagenet/Cranbrook Driver Reviver operation will be held on Friday 25 September from 4:30pm until midnight just north of the Frankland-Cranbrook Road on the Albany Highway.
Pop in for a free tea or coffee, a biscuit and a chat.

When driving long distances, it is vital for drivers to get away from the wheel – stop for at least 15 minutes every 2 hours.

Fatigue is the silent killer on Western Australian roads and could be responsible for up to 30% of all road deaths.  It is also thought to be responsible for a greater percentage of serious injury crashes, leaving many people with debilitating injuries for the rest of their lives.

Three tips for avoiding fatigue:
  1. Get at least 7.5 hours sleep before you drive
  2. Stop for a break every 2 hours
  3. Stay overnight on long trips
What to do if you’re feeling tired:
  1. Stop and have a cup of coffee or tea
  2. Stop and swap drivers
  3. Pull over and take a nap for about 20 minutes1

Pictured above: The Plantagenet/Cranbrook Driver Reviver operation in action.

1Street Smarts – Driving while tired
Find out more about the Driver Reviver Program, including tips for managing fatigue by visiting the RoadWise Program website.
Kojonup Probus puts stars on cars
Kojonup Probus recently had the opportunity to learn about the importance of consulting the stars before buying a car by taking part the RoadWise Safe Vehicles activity.
Participants learned that a higher price does not always correspond to a maximum safety rating and that a larger vehicle is not necessarily a safer vehicle.

The group was pretty successful in matching star ratings and prices correctly to their own vehicles. The activity generated good discussion about the merits of considering the safety ratings when purchasing a vehicle, whether it be new or used.

Pictured above: The safe vehicles activity in action
The safe vehicles activity is free for anyone in the network to use. If you would like to use it in your area please contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.
Shire of Denmark RoadWise Committee members acknowledged
The Shire of Denmark recently celebrated the Denmark RoadWise Committee’s valuable contribution to local road safety at the group’s last meeting before the upcoming Council elections.
The Committee will be re-formed after the new Council is elected and will continue its great work implementing road safety initiatives within the Shire. 

Some of the successes from the 2014-15 period have been the Easter Fatigue Road Stop and the police presentations to school leavers on road safety. Members of the committee also attended and presented at the Great Southern Road Safety Conference in July.

Pictured above: The Denmark RoadWise Committee at their last meeting before the Local Government elections.
Visit the Shire of Denmark website to find out more about the Committee’s recent road safety activities.
Community group drives the way to improve highway safety in Byford
Since 2004 the Byford Progress Association has been working with the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale to improve the safety of people using the South West Highway, which runs through the centre of Byford.
The highway separates residents from all amenities and services including shops, schools and medical facilities.

The community was faced with the tricky and dangerous task of crossing a busy four lane highway, often several times a day, in order to go about their daily business.

To add to the issue, the highway is limited to one lane each way coming into town (from both directions), resulting in the road through town being used as an overtaking lane by drivers.
The Progress Association, in consultation with the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, developed a plan to provide a safer environment for all road users. For the past decade the members have been advocating for the plan to be implemented with some success.
To date the following has been achieved:
  • Traffic lights installed at a major intersection
  • Opening of the central median strip
  • Speed limit reduced to 50km/h through the town centre
  • Central median lights with a pelican crossing installed
  • Resurfacing of sections of the road completed
  • Entry statements, landscaping and artwork along the highway to create a lower speed environment
The Progress Association continues to work on strategies to improve the town along the highway, including advocating for overtaking lanes on either side of Byford.

Members are currently looking to produce a street art trail brochure to encourage those driving through town to stop and take a break or at least slow down and enjoy the ride.

Pictured above: The Byford town entry statements which are part of the strategy to create a lower speed environment.
For more information please email Colleen Rankin President of the Byford Progress Association.
New Used Car Safety Ratings Buyers' Guide shows how well your car will protect you
In a crash how well will your car protect you from death or serious injury?
The new Used Car Safety Ratings Buyers' Guide released earlier this month provide up-to-date crash safety ratings for various vehicles. They show how well each vehicle protects its occupants from death or serious injury in a crash.

The charts give safety ratings for 217 vehicle models which cover most of the popular vehicles in the Australian and New Zealand vehicle fleets manufactured from 1996 to 2013.

The Used Car Safety Ratings show that, on average, newer models provide their drivers with better protection from injury in a crash. These improvements come from better structural designs, an increase in the fitting of safety features such as front, side, curtain and knee airbags, more advanced seat belt systems and vehicle interiors built with more energy-absorbing materials.

These ratings are based on real-world crash data up until 2013, the latest available for the ratings in this new release.

If all vehicles had the latest vehicle safety features, the number of fatal and disabling crash injuries could be significantly reduced.

Safety features that may significantly reduce the risk of death or serious injury in the event of a crash include:
  • front, side, curtain and knee airbags
  • seat belts designed to work with airbags
  • crumple zones
  • collapsible steering columns
  • high strength materials in the structure 1
1 Source: NRMA, Used Car Safety Ratings Buyers' Guide,, Accessed 8 September 2015.
To find out more about the Used Car Safety Ratings and research your next car, visit the NRMA website.
Road safety events, conferences and resources
Each month, the RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter will provide details of events, conferences or new resources (reports, statistics or data) which may be of direct interest to members of the community road safety network.
The information provided below is not intended to be an exhaustive list, rather a carefully selected list, most relevant to our road safety network.

Road safety events:
  • Australasian Road Safety Conference, Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 October 2015, Gold Coast, Australia. Visit the conference website to find out more.
  • 12th Australiasian Injury Prevention and Safety promotion Conference, 25-27 November 2015, Sydney. Visit the conference website to find out more.
  • 2016 International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, “UN Decade of Action For Road Safety: The Half-way Point”, 2-5 August 2016, Brisbane. Visit the conference website to find out more. 
If you have a local road safety event or a link to a report/data you have found relevant to your local road safety efforts, please email the details to Road Safety Project Officer Kylie O'Driscoll.
'Like the Esperance Enjoy the Ride campaign?
Help spread the word by using the #enjoytheride hashtag.
Visit the Esperenace RoadWise Facebook page to see campaign promotions and activities.
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