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RoadWise
Road Safety Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2016
WALGA
Issue 14

In this issue...

Congratulations to the 2016 Local Government Road Safety Award recipients
Congratulations to the recipients and those recognised as part of the 2016 Local Government Road Safety Awards announced on Friday, 12 February at the WA Transport and Roads Forum.
The Local Government Road Safety Awards are a joint initiative of WALGA’s RoadWise Program and the Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australasia – Western Australia Inc. and are an opportunity to recognise Local Governments for their road safety projects as well as recognising local road safety champions.
 
The calibre of Award submissions made it a difficult decision for the Assessment Panel.
 
The 2016 Award recipients are:
 
Safe Roads and Roadsides: The Sarkis Petrossian Award
  • Highly Commended: City of Wanneroo for their Traffic Treatments on San Rosa Road project
  • Award recipient: City of Albany for their Lower Denmark Road, Roundhay Road, Allerton Road intersection upgrade project.
Safe Speeds category
  • Award recipient: City of Wanneroo for their School Speed Limits project.
Safe Road Use category
  • Metropolitan Award recipient: City of Wanneroo for their Driver Reviver Program.
  • Rural Award recipient: Shire of Esperance for their Esperance ‘Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride’ campaign.
Joe North Award
  • Highly Commended: Fred Nancarrow for 21 years dedicated to road safety through the City of Armadale RoadWise Committee.
We thank all those who submitted nominations and encourage all Local Governments to continue the excellent work. We look forward to receiving submissions for the next round of Local Government Road Safety Awards.
For further information about the Local Government Road Safety Awards, visit the RoadWise website.
Help us bless the roads in 2016
WALGA’s RoadWise Program Blessing of the Roads campaign encourages Local Governments, RoadWise Committees, community groups, other organisations and individuals to get involved and help raise awareness of road safety in the lead up to and during the Easter weekend.
Organisations can be actively involved in the Blessing of the Roads campaign by running events, erecting displays, promoting the campaign messages to their networks and recognising the efforts of emergency services personnel, road designers, volunteers and others for helping make our roads safer.
 
Individuals can participate by spreading the campaign messages to friends and family as well as being responsible road users:
  • Turn off your mobile phone before driving.
  • Travel at a safe speed - adapt your speed for the weather, light, and traffic and road conditions.
  • Belt up when travelling in a vehicle.
  • If you are planning to drink, arrange a skipper, organise public transport or stay overnight.
  • Take a break, have a rest or if possible swap drivers - fatigue is a silent killer. Stop at one of the many Coffee Stop providers or operating Driver Reviver sites across Western Australia (visit the RoadWise website for locations).
A Blessing of the Roads 2016 Campaign Kit has been designed to provide you and your organisation with ideas and guidance to plan, organise, implement and communicate Blessing of the Roads activities and messages.
 
Many Local Governments and organisations plan Blessing of the Roads activities, with a number of events and displays running in the lead up to Easter. For a complete list of events and display locations, visit the RoadWise website, www.roadwise.asn.au.


Pictured above, clockwise from left:
  • Images from the 2015 campaign - 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.
For further information or to download the Kit and available resources, visit the Blessing of the Roads campaign page or contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.
Volunteers tackling fatigue in Broome
If you’re planning a trip to the Kimberley, chances are these fellows will be the first to greet you – with a cuppa!
The Broome Men’s Shed was successful in its application for a grant through the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program to establish a Driver Reviver operation in the Shire of Broome.

Men’s Shed President Clive Johnson said volunteers were keen to hit the road, as soon as refurbishments to the group’s bus was completed.

The Driver Reviver initiative aims to reduce fatigue on WA roads by encouraging those behind the wheel to take regular breaks.


Pictured above: Broome Men’s Shed President Clive Johnson (left) leads a toast to the Driver Reviver Program with fellow members Eric Browne, John Parkes, Stan Beard and Chris Mitchell.
If you would like to find out how you can get involved in your closest Driver Reviver operation, or if you are interested in establishing a new Driver Reviver site, visit the RoadWise website to find out more information.
Social media spreading road safety messages in the Pilbara
Road safety stakeholders throughout the Pilbara are using social media to raise awareness of road safety issues as part of ongoing efforts to improve road safety outcomes in the region.
A variety of road safety stakeholders and groups are using social media to spread road safety messages. The ability to share information quickly to large numbers of people has provided greater opportunities for the local road safety network.

The Onslow Road Users Group has coordinated a Facebook page for a number of years. The group uses the page to post its own road safety messages as well as sharing important road safety information from other stakeholders.


Pictured above: Onslow Road Users Group shares twitter update from Onslow Police.
For more information about the Onslow Road Users Group, contact Sam Rigg on 9159 9302.
Carnarvon RoadWise Committee plans for a safer tourist season
With the tourist season approaching, the Carnarvon RoadWise Committee is looking to work with road safety partners in the Gascoyne region to keep the region’s visitors safer on the roads.
While the Gascoyne region has a population of around 10,600, numbers swell in the tourist season.1

Tourism in the Gascoyne is a major industry for the region. In 2014, the region had an estimated 283,900 visitors who came to enjoy the beautiful scenery, fishing, climate and local events.2

The Carnarvon RoadWise Committee is working on a campaign to raise awareness of some of the risks encountered when travelling around the region. Issues such as fatigue, wearing of seatbelts, travel speeds and stock on roads will be addressed throughout the year using a variety of activities.

The Committee has been working with Main Roads WA to remind drivers to wear their seat belts with a series of signs erected at rest stops.


Pictured above: A seat belt reminder sign at the Edaggee rest area on the North West Coastal Highway.

Plans are underway to compile and disseminate information about managing driver fatigue, driving at appropriate speeds and sharing the road with others (including those with four feet).

The Committee will be working with other road safety stakeholders in the Gascoyne region to ensure the messages are consistent throughout the region.

1 WALGA,The Western Australian Local Government Directory, 2015
2 Gascoyne Development Commission, www.gdc.wa.gov.au, 1/2/2016
For more information about the Carnarvon RoadWise Committee, visit www.roadwise.asn.au.
Community urged to slow down, rest and revive in Armadale
The City of Armadale celebrated Australia Day with a message to the community to slow down, rest and revive.
With a grant from the RAC’s Community Partnerships Program, resources from the WALGA RoadWise Program and support from the City of Armadale RoadWise Committee, the City of Armadale provided a 'Rest and Revive Stop' at the Australia Day celebrations in Minnawarra Park.

Patrons were provided with free tea or coffee and information about how they could manage fatigue whilst driving including taking regular breaks, swapping drivers and stopping for a sleep.

There was also a focus on the ‘slow down and enjoy the ride’ campaign with the message displayed at the 'Rest and Revive Stop' and played on the main stage.

Members of the community were also encouraged to sign the Safe Driver in Armadale pledge with 41 people promising to drive at safe speeds and be courteous to other road users.



Photo caption: The 'Rest and Revive Stop' at the City of Armadale's Australia Day celebrations.
For more information about the City of Armadale RoadWise Committee visit www.roadwise.asn.au.
Heading away for the long weekends in March?
With two long weekends in March this year, drivers are being reminded not to drive tired.
The Labour Day weekend from 5-7 March and Easter weekend from 25-28 March will see many people take to the road to take advantage of the extra days off.

To avoid fatigue on your journey, remember:
  • Plan ahead – work out rest stops and overnight stops before you start.
  • Get away from the wheel – stop for at least 15 minutes every 2 hours.
  • Share the driving whenever possible.
A number of Driver Reviver stations will be in operation during March to help drivers manage fatigue.

Driver Reviver stations aim to reduce the incidence of fatigue and fatigue related trauma on the roads by offering a free cup of tea, coffee, a biscuit and most importantly, a chance to revive so drivers reach their destination safely.

The stations are an ideal place to take a break on a long journey. They also provide an opportunity for Local Governments, police, sponsors and other road safety partners to work together to try and combat fatigue.



Pictured above: The Wanneroo and Plantagenet/Cranbrook Driver Reviver vans in action.

Details of the Driver Reviver sites operating around Western Australia during March are provided below:

Location Date Time
Cranbrook - Parking bay on Albany Hwy near northern entrance to Cranbrook. 63km from Kojonup, 95km from Albany and 4km from Cranbrook townsite. 4 March 2016 4.00pm - midnight
Broome - Great Northern Highway, 120kms South of Roebuck Roadhouse 25 March 2016

28 March 2016
10.00am - 9.00pm

10.00am - 3.00pm
Dongara - Main Roads rest stop site, Brand Hwy, 60km South of Dongara 25 March 2016 9.00am - 5.00pm
Pemberton - Cnr South West Hwy and Vasse Hwy. 15km South of Manjimup  25 March 2016

26-27 March 2016

28 March 2016
9.00am - 9.00pm

6.00am - 9.00pm 

6.00am - 6.00pm
Wanneroo - Indian Ocean Drive, 1km North of the City of Wanneroo boundary, Gingin  25 March 2016 8.00am - 4.00pm
Find out more about Driver Reviver by visiting the RoadWise Program website. If you visit a Driver Reviver site during March, take a photo of your travelling group and share with your friends on social media. Don't forget to tag #DriverReviver and #RoadWise in your post.
New look for Northam RoadWise
The Northam RoadWise Committee Advisory Group has been formed with representatives from the Shire of Northam  (staff and Elected Members), Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), Northam District Police, Main Roads WA, emergency services, community members and key stakeholders.
The Committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss and develop strategies which encourage community participation and promote education aimed at achieving a safer road transport environment for all road users in the region.

The purpose of the Committee is to:
  • Coordinate and/or develop programs and projects that address the cornerstones of Towards Zero, WA's road safety Strategy 2008-2020.
  • Encourage safe use of the road network by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Raise community awareness of road safety issues in the Shire.
  • Develop and/or promote the submission of funding applications for road safety initiatives.
  • Improve road safety through education and behavioural change in the Shire.

Pictured above: Members of the new look Northam RoadWise Committee Advisory Group.
If you would like more information about RoadWise, please email Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson or phone (08) 9622 2100.
Child car restraints update
Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter courses are conducted in various locations across the state each year, and each course has a few places for current Fitters to refresh their skills and knowledge.
This year, courses have been scheduled for the Wheatbelt North and Metro North regions in May/June (dates to be confirmed).

In the new financial year (2016-17), courses are proposed for the Kimberley, Great Southern, Pilbara, Wheatbelt South and Metro South regions.


Pictured above: Peta checks a restraint as part of the Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter training course held in Carnarvon last year.
If you are interested in attending a course to refresh your skills and knowledge, or know somebody who would like to become a Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter, register your interest with Tammie Deshon.
The Great Southern Road Safety Conference is back!
Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2015, the Great Southern Road Safety Conference is back for another year. 
Visit the RoadWise Program website to find out more about what is in store for this year's conference.
$104,000 in road safety grants awarded
The State Government has announced more than $104,000 in grants for community projects which promote road safety.
Road Safety Minister the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA said it was important the road safety message was delivered through these community and Local Government grassroots events.
 
"Road safety is relevant to every West Australian and these Road Safety Community Grants, funded through speed and red light camera fines, will help spread the message that we all have a responsibility to reduce road trauma," Mrs Harvey said.
 
The Minister said the funded projects included a 'Share the Roads' education program targeting cyclists, motorcycle riders and drivers in the Great Southern.
 
"These local groups are an invaluable component to the State Government's overarching strategy and we are very grateful for their dedication and commitment to this important message," she said.
 
Grant recipients in the third round include:
 
Road safety initiative Organisation Funding amount
2016 Kununurra Agricultural Show Kununurra Agricultural Society $1,000
Nungarin Wheatbelt Markets Nungarin Community Development Group $1,300
Wyalkatchem Fair and Circus Shire of Wyalkatchem $1,000
Tambellup Twilight Tunes St John Ambulance - Tambellup
Sub Centre
$600
Mortlock Sports Council Fashion Parade Mortlock Sports Council Inc $800
Health Awareness Day Margaret River Primary School $1,000
Over the Horizon Esperance Chamber of Commerce
and Industry
$1,000
Esperance Growers Market Esperance Regional Forum $1,300
Driver Reviver - Broome Men's Shed Broome Men's Shed Inc $7,098
Share the Road Community Awareness and Education Campaign City of Albany $37,956
Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise Committee 2016 Action Plan City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder $13,970
'No Txt No Wrecks'
#notxtnowrecks
Surfing WA $37,220
For more information, including submission and criteria details, visit the Road Safety Commission website.
State Government analysis shows most crashes in 2015 were avoidable
The State Government's preliminary analysis of serious and fatal crashes on Western Australian roads in 2015 show most were avoidable.
Road Safety Minister the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA recently released the 2015 Preliminary Fatal and Critical Injuries on Western Australian Roads - Summary, compiled by the Road Safety Commission, which looks at the circumstances and factors involved in each crash.

"Despite the equal lowest number of fatalities in 2015, many families are suffering due to road trauma. The heartbreaking thing is, these statistics show most were avoidable," Mrs Harvey said.

"The per capita rate of fatalities has been steadily decreasing since 2008, but as the Preliminary Crash Book shows, we can never be complacent when it comes to road safety."

The Preliminary Crash Book revealed:

  • 161 people died on WA roads, 74 in the metropolitan area and 87 on regional roads,
  • 119 were motor vehicle occupants (including passengers); 22 motorcyclists; 15 pedestrians; four cyclists and; one motorised mobility scooter,
  • speed was a factor in 62 fatal crashes,
  • alcohol was a factor in 39 fatal crashes,
  • fatigue was a factor in 16 fatal crashes, and
  • 31 occupants killed (from the 119 motor vehicle fatalities) were not wearing seatbelts.
"The road safety message is sinking in, but we still have the same preventable factors appearing in our serious and fatal crashes," the Minister said.
Visit the Road Safety Commission website to access the Preliminary Crash Book.
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:

Great Southern Road Safety Conference, 16 June 2016, 10 am – 3 pm, Cranbrook Sporting Club, Cranbrook.

23rd National Conference, Australian Health Promotion Association, "Connecting the Dots", 19 - 22 June 2016, Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough, WA.

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.

2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC2016) to be held at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia from Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 September 2016.

Resources:

Road Deaths Australia—Monthly Bulletins -This bulletin contains current counts and summaries of road crash deaths and fatal road crashes in Australia. It is produced monthly and published on BITRE's website on/ around the 14th of each month.
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.
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