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Road Safety Newsletter
january 2017
Issue 25

In this issue...

Child Car Restraint Update
A number of vehicle and child car restraint changes were introduced in late 2016 that will potentially impact how child car restraints are installed in Western Australia.
Inflatable Seatbelts
Ford’s latest Mondeo vehicle has inflatable seatbelts in the rear passenger and rear driver seating positions. Britax’s information page provides more extensive information on these seatbelts, as well as providing more information about which of their child car restraints can be used in conjunction with the new Ford Mondeo's seatbelts (

Recall on Inflatable Booster Seat
A product safety recall was recently issued on an inflatable booster seat which was being sold in Australia. Individuals who have purchased one of these inflatable booster seat products are being contacted directly, however the recall acts as a useful reminder for Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters to always ensure every child car restraint is checked and an Australian Standards sticker AS/NZS1754 sighted to ensure compliance.
If you have any queries regarding the above information, contact Road Safety Project Officer, Tammie Deshon via email,
No Driver? No Worries!
Members of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (EMRC) Regional Integrated Transport Strategy Implementation Advisory Group (RITSIAG) recently had the opportunity to ride in the RAC Intellibus™ and experience being passengers in a fully automated vehicle.
Western Australia is currently the site for Australia’s first automated vehicle trial being run by the RAC with the support of the State Government.

As part of the trial, stakeholders and community members have the opportunity to be passengers and experience travelling along a public road by a driverless vehicle.

With guidance from the RITSIAG, the EMRC has developed Direction Zero 2015-2018: A Regional Road Safety Plan for Perth’s Eastern Region. With safe vehicles one of the key focus areas of the plan, members of RITSIAG wanted to gain a greater understanding of how new vehicle technology will interact with the current road traffic system and to get a taste of the future.

The ability of a vehicle to assist the driver to avoid collisions is one of the improvements recommended under the safe vehicles cornerstone outlined in Towards Zero1.

The RAC cite driver error as the cause of around 90% of crashes2. To ensure that the mistakes people make does not result in death or serious injury it is important to look at all aspects of the road transport system and look at ways to improve safety in each area including vehicle technology.

Photo caption: Members of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council Regional Integrated Transport Strategy Implementation Advisory Group with the RAC Intellibus™.

1 Road Safety Council, Towards Zero state road safety strategy 2008-2020,
RAC (WA), accessed 23/12/16.
For more information about the RAC Intellibus™ visit,
City Continues to Commit to Road Safety Action Plan
The City of Wanneroo had a busy end to 2016, raising public awareness of road safety issues at the Wanneroo Show and in the media.
Volunteers from the Wanneroo RoadWise Committee and Curtin University engaged show-goers in activities aimed at raising awareness of the dangers and effects of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The City also supported the WALGA RoadWise Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign by promoting road safety messages through the media prior to the festive break.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said road safety was everyone’s responsibility - everyone had a role to play by doing the right thing, including obeying road rules, signage and speed limits as well as driving to the specific road conditions.

The Wanneroo RoadWise Committee is committed to progressing their road safety action plan and are currently planning their next two big events; Blessing of the Roads 2017 and a caravan/trailer checking station prior to the Easter period.

Pictured above: Members of the Wanneroo RoadWise Committee show their support for the 2016 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign.
Find out more about the City of Wanneroo's road safety activities by following them on Facebook or visiting the City's website
Road Safety All Year Round
The City of Gosnells RoadWise Advisory Group has released their 2017 RoadWise School Road Safety Art Competition Calendar.
Each year the Advisory Group provides the opportunity for local schools to be involved in a school road safety art competition which covers a specific road safety issue.

Schools who choose to participate, work with students to learn more about the nominated issue and produce artwork which delivers a message. Artworks are assessed by a panel consisting of members of the Advisory Group and 12 are selected to develop a calendar.

The message for 2016 was driver distraction and last month an awards presentation was held to acknowledge the 12 artists and their schools, and launch the 2017 calendar.

The calendar, which has been distributed to schools within the City of Gosnells as well as community members, provides a yearlong reminder to watch out for things that distract the driver.

Pictured above: City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle presents the prizes to students at a ceremony on Friday, 9 December, at the City’s Civic Centre.
For more information about road safety at the City of Gosnells visit
"Have the Conversation" - WA Police (Northam) Campaign
WA Police in Northam have developed a community video series which features Officer in Charge (OIC) and Northam RoadWise Committee member Geoff Dickson taking a drive with local people as they discuss road safety issues relevant to the Wheatbelt region.
Titled "Have the Conversation", and using the hashtags #valleycops and #wheatbeltyarn, the series sees OIC Dickson interview local business owners, young people and police officers about common road user behaviour issues in the region.

Key topics include distraction (with a focus on mobile phone use), drink driving, speeding and restraint use.

Pictured above: OIC Geoff Dickson interviews local chippy, Jack as part of the "Have the Conversation" video series.
Check out the videos by visiting the Wheatbelt District WA Police Facebook Page and clicking on the video link button.
Carnarvon RoadWise Left No One Wondering at the Christmas Wonderland
The Carnarvon RoadWise Committee was on hand at last month’s Carnarvon Christmas Wonderland to provide valuable road safety information to the community in the lead up to Christmas.
As well as distributing road ribbons and promoting the Horns and Hooves on the Highway campaign, committee members took the opportunity to talk to people about the effects of alcohol and ways to avoid drinking and driving.

In 2015, alcohol was a factor in 24% of fatal crashes1.  Alcohol is a depressive drug which slows down the activity of the brain. Alcohol can affect driving ability by reducing reaction times, impairing vision, reducing concentration and increasing likelihood of overconfidence which can lead to risk taking behaviour. Often people are unaware of how their driving skills have been affected2.

The message from the Carnarvon RoadWise Committee was: if you are planning to drink, plan not to drive. Call a local taxi operator, organise someone to be a designated driver or stay overnight.

This message was reinforced through the “Win a Swag – Alcohol Quiz” where participants were asked to answer a series of questions to test their knowledge about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol for a chance to win a swag. The swag was won by Jack Hanson who is currently learning to drive.

Photo caption: Jack Hanson receiving his swag from Carnarvon RoadWise Committee member Ernie Reynolds.

1Road Safety Commission. 2015 Summary: Preliminary fatal and critical injuries on Western Australian roads.
2Alcohol and Drug Foundation. accessed 22/12/16.
For more information about road safety in Carnarvon visit the Carnaravon RoadWise Facebook Page at
Wheatbelt Farm Gates Get Road Safety Face Lift
Farmers in the Wheatbelt region spruced up their gates in the name of road safety during December as part of the Decorate Your Gate initiatve.
The initiative, coordinated by the Dandaragan Community Resource Centre, saw local farmers decorate their gates and fences with festive flair to help promote road safety to passing motorists. 

Prizes were presented at the Carols in the Park event, held in Dandaragan on Sunday, 18 December, where key road safety messages were also promoted to those in attendance. This was in addition to Blessing of the Roads events held in both Dandaragan and Dowerin in the lead up to the festive season.

Pictured above: Richard Cooper's entry in the Decorate Your Gate initiative; Members of the community attend the Dowerin Blessing of the Roads event on Sunday, 18 December 2016.
Visit the Decorate Your Gate Facebook page to find out more about the 2016 initiative.
Kalbarri RoadWise Committee Gets Ready for Action in 2017
The Kalbarri RoadWise Committee has been successful in obtaining $19,602 in grant funding from the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grant Program to implement their 2017 Road Safety Action Plan. 
The plan includes several big projects and the Committee will invite other Local Governments in the Mid West region to participate as they work together to reduce road trauma in the region. 

As a part of the action plan, representatives from the Kalbarri RoadWise Committee recently visited the neighbouring Principality of Hutt River which receives more than 9,000 visitors each year. 

The principality will be assisting with some of the Committee’s road safety projects by distributing road safety information to visitors who travel through the area each year. They participated in and promoted the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign, are helping promote the ‘Drive Left’ message and will be installing a ‘Belt Up – You’re Worth It’ sign to remind tourists to wear their seat belts.

Pictured above: Kalbarri RoadWise representative Patricia Gliddon presenting HRH Leonard with honorary Kalbarri RoadWise Committee membership.
To find out how you can get involved in road safety activities in the Mid West region, contact Road Safety Advisor, Sam Adams on 0419 953 583 or email
Be #RoadWise in the Kimberley Region
Road safety was on display across the Kimberley during December with the launch of the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign in Broome providing the perfect opportunity for the community to show their commitment to reducing death and serious injury on the region's roads.
Members of the community joined Broome Police Officer in Charge (OIC) Senior Sergeant Brendon Barwick to take selfies in support of the campaign, making the commitment to Be #RoadWise.

Pictured above: OIC Broome Police, Senior Sergeant Brendon Barwick happily displays the Regional Achievement Award received for the Horns and Hooves on the Highway campaign at the road ribbon launch in Broome.

Brett Halliday from BK Signs and Promotions went the extra mile to support the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign in Broome, decking out the company vehicle with road ribbon decals and parking it at high visibility locations across town following the launch on Saturday, 10 December.

Pictured above: BK Signs and Promotions helped promote the road ribbons campaign across town.
To find out how you can get involved in road safety in the Kimberley region, contact Road Safety Advisor Greg Hayes on 0419 192 759 or email
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