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Road Safety Newsletter
APRIL 2015
Issue 4

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Blessing of the Roads campaign wrap up 2015
The Blessing of the Roads Easter road safety campaign has wrapped up for another year.

Pictured above clockwise from left: Peter Denton and Snr Const. Jeff Osbourne at the Shire of Cranbrook's Blessing of the Roads event; First Class Constable Kevin Loveland, Len Handasyde, Elsa Drage and Jeff Drage at the Shire of Plantagenet Blessing of the Roads ceremony; First Class Constable Kevin Loveland addresses the Plantagenet ceremony (Shire President Cr Ken Clements in background), City of Wanneroo road safety display; Shire of  Wiluna's Blessing of the Highway and fun run; The Cities of Joondalup, Stirling and Swan's Blessing of the Roads cake; and Peter Denton and Snr Const. Jeff Osbourne at the Shire of Cranbrook's Blessing of the Roads event.

The 2015 campaign involved more than 17 known events as well as local media coverage and community promotions across the State.

The remote Shire of Wiluna community came together for a Blessing of the Highways and a fun run event on 29 March. Children participating in the event were given high visibility reflective stickers and educated on road risks and the importance of being seen while on the roads.

The Cities of Joondalup, Stirling and Swan held their joint Blessing of the Roads event on the weekend of 28-29 March. This year the event was hosted by City of Joondalup and combined a traditional blessing with a road safety expo as part of the Joondalup Festival.

Members of the public were invited to indulge in a piece of Blessing of the Roads cake before following the WA Police Piper who led the precession to the corner of Boas Avenue for the blessing.

Over the two days, Local Government staff and representatives from WALGA’s RoadWise Program, ICCWA Road Trauma Support WA and Kidsafe engaged with festival goers through road safety activities such as alcohol drink pouring and fatal vision goggle activities to highlight the dangers of drink driving. The issue of driver fatigue also featured at the expo with visitors encouraged to enter a competition highlighting the danger signs of fatigue.

The City of Wanneroo hosted a Blessing of the Roads ceremony on 31 March next to the City’s busiest intersection, Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive, Tapping. Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts urged all road users to be courteous and take care when travelling over the busy Easter long weekend.

The Mayor presented Human Spirit Awards to Nicola Peires for her contribution to road safety around schools in the Landsdale area and Christine Nelson for her road safety contributions to the Banksia Grove community. Congratulations to both Nicola and Christine.

Three Blessing of the Roads ceremonies were held in the Great Southern region in the lead up to Easter in the Shires of Plantagenet and Cranbrook and at North Albany Senior High School (NASHS).

The NASHS ceremony brought together students and local road safety partners from the Albany area including Main Roads WA, St John Ambulance and Albany police. Students released balloons and laid flowers to represent the deaths on Great Southern roads over the past 12 months.

The Shire of Plantagenet held a ceremony outside the Shire offices which included a moving speech from local First Class Constable Kevin Loveland about his experiences attending road crashes. Students from Mount Barker Community College presented flowers to represent the deaths on Great Southern roads and other members of the audience were invited up to pin up crosses which represented the serious injuries which have occurred in the past 12 months.

The Cranbrook RoadWise Committee held their Blessing of the Roads ceremony at the Cranbrook Show for the first time. This gave all show goers an opportunity to participate in the ceremony which was broadcast over the PA system and held in front of the RoadWise display. Shire President Jan Pope gave the keynote address to the assembled audience before a blessing was performed by local minister Jeff Jackson.

A big thank you is extended to everyone who organised or participated in Blessing of the Roads events or promotions in 2015. We’d love to hear about all local events and promotions, so please email the RoadWise Program with a recap of your local event including images and we will showcase them on the RoadWise Program website.
Visit the Blessing of the Roads web page to read more about other Blessing of the Roads events held during the 2015 campaign.
Blessing of the Roads campaign 2015 - events list
Thank you to the following organisations for their support of the 2015 Blessing of the Roads campaign:
Organisation Event date
Shire of Esperance 24 March
Shire of Dundas 26 March
Shire of Plantagenet 26 March
North Albany Senior High School 27 March
Shire of Cranbrook 28 March
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup 28 March
City of Armadale 29 March
Dowerin Anglican Church 29 March
Shire of Wiluna 29 March
Sandfire Roadhouse 29 March
Cities of Joondalup, Swan and Stirling joint event 28 – 29 March
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 31 March
City of Wanneroo (City of Wanneroon RoadWise Working Group) 31 March
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes 1 April
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale 1 April
New Norcia Benedictine Community and Shire of Victoria Plains 1 April
Mundaring Anglican Church 2 April
Visit the Blessing of the Roads web page to find out more about the 2015 campaign.
New RoadWise Program resource now available: Safe Roads and Roadsides Resource Kit
The RoadWise Program has developed a new road safety resource to help Local Governments and members of the community road safety network promote safe roads and roadsides in the community.

The new Safe Roads and Roadsides Resource Kit can be accessed from the members’ page of the RoadWise Program website.
Why have we developed the new resource? Safe roads and roadsides is one of the cornerstones of Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008 - 2020. It is also one of the more complex parts of the road safety strategy, so the new kit aims to break the topic down and help Local Governments promote it within local communities.
The Kit is being rolled out to align with the Towards Zero Road Safety Planner 2015 (that great road safety wall planner everyone loves) which features safe roads and roadsides as a campaign focus for the month of May.
Supporting tools such as quizzes, media releases, activities, posters and presentations have also been developed to support Local Governments, RoadWise or other road safety committees/group activities.
It is important to note that whilst safe roads and roadsides will be a focus of activities and awareness raising during May 2015, the tools and resources available can be used at any time throughout the year to align with local action plans and priorities.
To find out more about the Kit, please contact your closest Road Safety Advisor
Albany and Denmark target long weekend fatigue
Educating drivers on the effects of fatigue was a focus for both the Albany and Denmark RoadWise Committees on the Thursday before the Easter long weekend.

Pictured above: A Fatigue Road Stop in action.

Both committees organised Fatigue Road Stops with the assistance of local and Perth police.

Drivers were stopped, breathalysed by police and handed fatigue information by RoadWise committee members and SES volunteers.
Between the two Fatigue Road Stop sites, nearly 2000 drivers received fatigue information on the eve of the long weekend.
Port Hedland RoadWise reviews road safety hot spots
Representatives from the Port Hedland RoadWise Committee took to the streets to investigate local road safety hot spots identified by committee and community members.

Pictured above: Fionna Findley (MRWA), Natalie Fagg (Toll Group), Neil Abernethy (Town of Port Hedland) and Steve Esmonde (Rio Tinto) during the hot spot review.

Sites included a number of intersections as well as speeding hotspots and road safety hazards.

Information collected will be analysed by the committee to determine what actions the committee can take to improve road safety at these sites.
The committee would like to thank Rio Tinto for the use of their bus for the initiative.
Kojonup child car restraints display
The Shire of Kojonup is actively promoting the importance of using an appropriate and correctly fitted child car restraint.
When a child is properly restrained in a vehicle, the risk of them being killed or seriously injured in the event of a crash is greatly reduced.

The Shire is using a display and quiz to share the message with residents, highlighting the minimum age requirements for child car restraints.

For more information please visit the Kojonup Library, pick up the free flyers and enter the quiz for your chance to win a $50 fuel voucher.

Lorreen Greeuw helping promote child car restraints in Kojonup.
To find out more, visit the
Minimum age requirements for child car restraints
Do you transport children in your vehicle? Using an appropriate child car restraint can greatly reduce the risk of death or serious injury to a child in the event of a crash.
 Birth - 6 months Rearward facing restraint, capsule or rearward facing convertible restraint
 6 months - 4  years Rearward facing restraint
Forward facing restraint with a five point internal harness forward facing convertible restraint with a five point internal harness, or a combination restraint used with a five point internal harness
 4 - 7 years Forward facing restraint
Booster seat with a lap sash seat belt or h-harness
Combination restraint used in a booster seat mode
To find out more, visit the
Child car restraint education for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community
As part of a joint venture, the City of Stirling and Department of Immigration and Border Protection joined forces to host Harmony Day at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre on 20 March.
Shane Pope, a Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter from the City of Stirling, provided road safety information including child car restraint brochures in a range of languages and promoted the City’s road safety programs to service providers.
Approximately 1,000 people from a range of cultural backgrounds attended the event.
Road safety promotions at Have a Go Day in Mount Barker
Students at the Mount Barker Community College recently had the opportunity to see how the Plantagenet RoadWise Committee contributes to their community.
The RoadWise Committee was one of many organisations with a stall at the bi annual Have A Go Expo which encourages students to become involved with local organisations.

The Plantagenet RoadWise Committee currently has a year 12 student representative who assisted other committee members with the display.

Students were able to find out about what the RoadWise Committee does as well as take part in an activity where they had to estimate the stopping distances of vehicles at different speeds.
Approximately 300 students took part in the event and the committee is hoping that student representation on the committee will continue after the current student representative finishes high school this year.
Rest areas and roadside amenities guide
Did you know the Main Roads WA Guide to Main Roads rest areas and roadside amenities has recently been updated?
The Guide, which includes input from the WALGA RoadWise Program, helps travellers plan their journeys and includes information about places to stop and rest. It lists the rest areas and amenities provided on 17 major routes to enable drivers to manage fatigue whilst travelling.
To find out more or to download a copy of the guide, visit the Rest Area page of the Main Roads WA website.
Community Road Safety Grants update
Did you know community-based organisations are eligible for up to $1000 in grant funding through the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grant Program to promote road safety messages at community events?
The event grant is a great way to add a road safety element to community events and secure additional funding in the process.

Successful applicants also receive a road safety message with relevant information and suggestions for supporting policies.

Recent grant recipients:
The following organisations recently received Road Safety Community Grants Program funding:
  • Avon Football Association ($1,300): ‘Drink Driving - It’s Never OK’ football round event
  • Grass Valley Progress Association ($600): Anzac Day Gunfire Breakfast event
  • Bindoon Historical Society ($1,000): Bindoon Historic Vehicle Day event
  • Shire of Victoria Plains ($500): New Norcia Blessing of the Roads event
  • Shire of Chittering ($2,600): ‘Wear Ya Wellies’ and the ‘Taste of Chittering 2015’ events
  • Northampton District Agricultural Society Inc ($1,000): 98th Annual Northampton Show event
  • The Burmese Catholic Community of WA Inc ($1,000): Easter Dinner and Dance 2015 event
  • Upper Great Southern Hockey Association ($1,300): State Country Men vs Ugha President XI event
  • Southern Districts Dressage Club ($500): Celebration of Horses and Music event
  • WA Women Motorcycle Riders Inc ($500): International Female Ride Day 2015 event
  • City of Armadale RoadWise Advisory Group ($1,000): Blessing of the Roads community safety awareness event
  • Propel Youth Arts WA ($1,000): KickstART Festival (National Youth Week) event
  • Northern Regions Football Council ($1,300): Northern Regions Colts Carnival event.
To find out more about event or project grants, visit the Office of Road Safety’s Community Grants page.
Helping students get to grip with public transport
Transperth has developed a new Get on Board website which aims to help more than 50,000 primary and high school students who catch public transport every weekday.
The new website aims to help students learn about public transport in an interactive and fun way.

Get on Board is particularly helpful for Year 6 and 7 students, who may have just, or are about to make the move from primary school to secondary school. This is around the time many students start using public transport unsupervised.

Through lesson plans linked to the Australian Curriculum, students are given opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to make informed and safe decisions.

Jump on board for curriculum linked lessons, SmartRider ticketing and group booking information, excursion planning, media library, fact files, games and competitions.
Explore galore! Enter the Get on Board Website Quiz Competition now. Up for grabs is a $150 voucher for the winning student and a $500 voucher for their school.
Nominations for the Constable Care Child Safety Awards 2015 are now open
The awards present a great opportunity to publicly recognise the great work in youth and child safety initiatives being undertaken by organisations and individuals throughout Western Australia.
This year there are seven awards you can nominate in and we encourage you to put forward anyone within your community who has initiated or runs a child safety program that is transforming the lives of young people across Western Australia.
  • WA Child Safety Volunteer Award
  • WA Child Safety Employee Award
  • WA Child Safety Police & Emergency Services Award
  • WA Child Safety Community Award
  • WA Child Safety Corporate Partnership Award
  • WA Child Safety Government Award
  • WA Child Safety Education Award
To find out more, visit
Belt Up. You’re worth holding onto
Did you know that whilst only three to five per cent of drivers and passengers do not wear a seat belt, 22 per cent of all those who died in a motor vehicle crash in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt?
Wearing a seatbelt is one of the easiest ways of protecting yourself when travelling in a vehicle

Seat belts prevent vehicle occupants from being ejected from a vehicle. They reduce the time taken for the body to come to a stop in a crash, spread the impact force over a greater area of the body, and minimise the contact of the driver or passengers with the interior of the vehicle. It is one of the easiest ways of protecting drivers and passengers when travelling in a vehicle.
Visit the Office of Road Safety’s website to find out more about restraints.
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