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RoadWise
Road Safety Newsletter
January 2016
WALGA
Issue 13

In this issue...

Road Ribbon for Road Safety® 2015 campaign celebration!
WALGA’s RoadWise Program would like to thank the community road safety network for their participation in the 2015 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign.
Thanks to your combined efforts, more than 42,000 road ribbons were distributed across the state through almost 100 participating organisations, helping to raise awareness of road safety during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Ribbons were distributed through various community events, displays and communications.


Pictured above: A collage of photos from Road Ribbon for Road Safety® 2015 campaign participants.
Further information about the 2015 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign is available on the RoadWise website.
Williams Driver Reviver volunteers lend a hand in South West fire emergency
Members of the Williams Driver Reviver operation rallied into action earlier this month, setting up an emergency Driver Reviver site in Williams to help weary drivers fight fatigue on their journey.
The fire crisis, which closed both the South West and Forest Highways, meant all traffic was diverted to the Coalfields and Albany Highways, increasing travel distances and fatigue risks.

At very short notice volunteers came together to set up a Driver Reviver operation in Williams, providing a much needed place for drivers to stop, take a break, enjoy some refreshments and have a chat.

The group, many of whom volunteer at the Williams Driver Reviver when it operates during other peak holiday and travel times across the year, showed amazing community spirit in response to this local fire emergency.

A team of 12 dedicated volunteers helped man the site for a total of 24 hours, between Friday 8 and Monday 11 January. During that time they served 654 teas and coffees and provided a donation tin for the fire relief fund.

Travellers who stopped at the site were very appreciative of the service and donated very generously to the cause – donations received totalled $2701.These donations were used to purchase hay urgently needed for stock feed in the Waroona/Yarloop area, with two truckloads distributed in mid-January.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the following volunteers: Gail Gillett, Lyn Baker, Debbie & Judy Kemp, Daphne Kett, Kiaja, Helen Williamson, Judy & Olivia Martin, Cathie Steicke, Lorraine Fitzpatrick & Lesley Prowse.

Congratulations and special thanks to everyone involved. Your efforts and contributions are very much appreciated.

WALGA’s RoadWise coordinates the Driver Reviver Program in Western Australia.



Pictured above: The Williams Driver Reviver van which was a welcome sight for weary travellers during the South West fire crisis. 
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.
Human Spirit Award recognises Graeme Campbell
Broome RoadWise Committee's outgoing Chair and former Shire President Graeme Campbell is the latest to join the ranks of the Human Spirit Award recipients.
Mr Campbell was recognised for his leadership, commitment and dedication to improving road safety outcomes in the Shire of Broome and the Kimberley region.

The Human Spirit Award was presented to Mr Campbell at the launch of the Kimberley festive season drink driving campaign in Broome.

A new RoadWise Committee chairperson will be sworn in when the committee meets in February 2016.


Pictured above: Outgoing Broome RoadWise Committee Chair, Graeme Campbell with his Human Spirit Award.
Do you know someone deserving of a Human Spirit Award? Visit the RoadWise website to find out how to lodge your nomination.
City of Armadale road safety volunteers thanked for their services to the community
The City of Armadale has recognised the contribution their volunteers make to the community with a gift of original art.
Volunteers are an important part of the City of Armadale with around $1.3 million of value added to the Council through the work they do for the community.

One area where volunteers play such an important role is in road safety as part of the City of Armadale RoadWise Advisory Committee.

This committee has been running since 1994 when the City of Armadale became the first Local Government in Western Australia to form a community based, RoadWise Committee.

The RoadWise Committee helps spread road safety messages throughout the community and provides a forum to discuss local road safety issues. Committee volunteers give their time to attend events such as Carols by Candlelight, Blessing of the Roads and random breath testing (RBT) operations with police.

For their contribution throughout 2015, the City of Armadale showed its thanks by presenting volunteers with an original artwork produced by members of the Armadale Society of Artists.


Pictured above: Volunteer Services Coordinator Wendy Stanley with RoadWise Committee member volunteers Wayne Tarboda and Fred Nancarrow and Committee Chair Cr Kerry Busby.
For more information about the City of Armadale RoadWise Advisory Committee, visit the RoadWise website.
New RoadWise Committee formed in Halls Creek
The Shire of Halls Creek has re-joined the road safety network, with the establishment of a RoadWise Committee.
A road safety workshop involving Local Government, police and community representatives was held to identify local issues and create plans to address any concerns.

The group will be formalised at its first official meeting in February.

More information about establishing and running a RoadWise or road safety committee can be obtained by contacting your closest Road Safety Advisor.
Blow 0.00 and Win in Swan
To encourage and reward those who don’t drink and drive, the City of Swan, with the support of the WA Police, offered drivers a chance to win great prizes in their Blow 0.00 and Win promotion.
Drivers who registered a 0.00 blood alcohol content (BAC) when breath tested by local police in the lead up to the Christmas break and school holidays received a competition entry form and an opportunity to win a $100 fuel voucher.

Ballajura Ward Councillor and Swan RoadWise Committee Chairperson, Adam Kovalevs, said the Blow 0.00 and Win promotion was a good way to acknowledge those who did the right thing on the roads.

“We know that most people do the right thing and don’t drive if they plan to drink, so this promotion is a good way to recognise these people,” he said.

The Blow 0.00 and Win campaign highlights the importance of organising a skipper, taking a taxi, using public transport or staying overnight when venturing out and planning to drink.

“The message is simple: if you plan to drink, plan not to drive; if you plan to drive, plan not to drink.” said Cr Kovalevs.
 

Pictured above: Senior Constable Paul Delaney, Constable Tyron Roseveare and Ballajura Ward Councillor and Swan RoadWise Committee Chairperson Adam Kovalevs at the launch of the City of Swan Blow 0.00 and Win campaign.
Visit the City of Swan website to find out more about their local road safety activities and initiatives.
Great Southern planning 2016
It’s that time of year again when committees round up their activities for the previous year and plan what they’ll be doing over the next 12 months.
In the Great Southern region, Cranbrook, Plantagenet and Albany have all held evaluation and planning sessions which will help them to put together action plans for 2016.
 
The 2016 calendars are already looking full with some of the activities including: the annual Albany Easter Fatigue Road Stop, Plantagenet and Cranbrook both planning Blessing of the Roads ceremonies, and Plantagenet and Cranbrook working together on Driver Reviver operations.
If you would like to be involved in road safety activities in the Great Southern region, please contact Erin McDonald-Lee, Road Safety Advisor, Great Southern.
‘I Slow Down in Wanneroo’ campaign gets underway
Motorists in the City of Wanneroo are being asked to take part in a campaign that promotes slower and safer driving in local streets.
In launching the City of Wanneroo ‘I Slow Down in Wanneroo’ initiative, Mayor Tracey Roberts said the initiative would complement other road safety activities implemented by the City.
 
“I encourage our community to embrace this campaign which reminds drivers that everyone has a responsibility to drive safely,” she said.
 
“Many families and children are present on local streets and slowing down is crucial, as is taking into account road conditions and other road users.
 
“I urge drivers to display the ‘I Slow Down in Wanneroo’ stickers on their cars to support the campaign and remind other motorists of the safety benefits of slowing down.”


Pictured above: Ranger Phil and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts at the launch of the ‘I Slow Down in Wanneroo’ campaign.
Free bumper stickers with the slogan ‘I Slow Down in Wanneroo’ are available from the Civic Centre and the City’s libraries.
Child car restraints update
Every year, Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters  across Western Australia fit a vast range and number of child car restraints either in a voluntary capacity or as part of their working role.
Recently, the image below was forwarded by a Fitter who was asked to check the restraint.


Pictured above: an incorrectly fitted forward facing restraint with internal harness, being incorrectly used as a booster seat. It was checked and then correctly fitted by a Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter.

Sometimes the corrections and advice given are small and sometimes considerable (as in this case above).

Either way, it is important to remember that with every fit or check, we can make a difference to a child’s safety.

Every year in Western Australia around 35 children under the age of seven are killed or seriously injured when the vehicle they are travelling in is involved in a crash. On average, 16 percent of them will not have been in an appropriate child car restraint.
Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter courses will be run again this year. If you or a colleague are interested in attending, visit the Type 1 Fitter training page of the RoadWise website for more information.
Spreading the road safety message at Christmas on the Green in the Pilbara
The Pilbara Traffic Office, with assistance from the RoadWise Program, highlighted the dangers associated with drink driving in the lead up to and during the Christmas period.
Alcohol remains a major road safety issue in the Pilbara with around 18% of fatal and serious injury crashes attributed to drink driving.1

In the lead up to Christmas, officers from the Pilbara Traffic Office worked with the RoadWise Program and the City of Karratha to provide road safety information to highlight the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Pilbara District Traffic Coordinator Sergeant Paul Arnold said, “Pilbara Traffic Officers wanted to make sure that everyone was able to celebrate Christmas with their family and friends this year”.

“Pilbara Traffic Officers recognised most people do the right thing and wanted to acknowledge this in a positive way. So, this year, we rewarded those drivers who blew 0.00 when breath tested with a chance to win a swag or fuel voucher. Pilbara Traffic would like to personally congratulate everyone who made the commitment to stay alcohol and drug free when driving.” Sergeant Arnold said.

The winner of the swag was Travis Wilson. Congratulations Travis!

The campaign also included promotion and a display at the annual Christmas on the Green event at the Karratha Leisureplex Oval where Pilbara Traffic Officers were on hand to provide road safety information and answer questions.



Pictured above: Members of the Pilbara Traffic Office, Senior Constable Clugston, Acting Sergeant Cliffe and Senior Constable Pritchard ready to spread the road safety message; Christmas on the Green lights up Karratha.

1Government of Western Australia, Road Safety Commission, www.rsc.wa.gov.au, accessed 8 January 2016.
For more information about road safety in the Pilbara region, visit the RoadWise website.
Coolgardie Driver Reviver operation tackles festive fatigue
The volunteers responsible for coordinating and staffing the Coolgardie Driver Reviver initiative during the lead up to the festive season have celebrated another successful operation.
The operation ran over four days in the lead up to Christmas Day, with a lot of international and eastern states travellers stopping for a rest, cuppa, toilet break and a chat.
 
In an impressive feat the 20 volunteers who make up the Coolgardie team, worked on roster for the 32 hours of the operation, serving more than 400 cups of hot drinks, distributing 200 road ribbons and handing out 300 Arnotts biscuits.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

If you are heading through the Goldfields area this Easter, plan to stop at the Coolgardie Driver Reviver operation for a rest and chat.
Visit the Driver Reviver page of the RoadWise website to find out where Driver Reviver sites will be operating next school holidays. Remember, driving tired can kill.
Migrant Centre raises awareness of drink driving
The Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC) in Mirrabooka hosted a migrant female drop in session during December to discuss the effects of alcohol on the mind and body, particularly when drinking whilst driving.
In 2012, alcohol was a factor in 19% of fatal crashes attended by WA Police1.

The MMRC session organiser said the session was an opportunity for the girls to discuss the consequences of drinking and driving.

The group, whose countries of origin included South Sudan, Congo (DRC), New Zealand, Zambian and Tanzania, participated in activities including wearing fatal vision goggles to complete tasks, to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol on driving ability.

Facilitators provided information about the effects of driving whilst under the influence alcohol such as an individual’s decision making process, reaction times, balance and concentration.


Pictured above: Participants in the don't drink and drive drop in session held at the MMRC during December.
Find out more about the dangers associated with drinking and driving by visiting the Road Safety Commission website.
Advertising Standards Bureau upholds complaint about speeding whilst driving
The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) recently upheld a complaint received about a dentist radio advertisement broadcast in Western Australia which breeched Section 2 of the Advertiser Code of Ethics.
The radio advertisement featured a male driver being warned by his female passenger that a speed camera was coming up. The car could be heard accelerating and the man says, "Cheeeeeeeeeese", followed by the sound of a speed camera taking a photo clicked.

The ASB case report determination reads as follows:

The Board noted that breaking the posted speed limit on a public road is against the law and considered that a depiction of a driver speeding up in order to trigger a speed camera is contrary to prevailing community standards on safe and responsible driving.

The Board noted that the man does not show remorse for his actions or acknowledge that what he has done is against the law but rather he seems pleased with the result of having broken the speed limit. The Board noted the overall tone of the advertisement is light-hearted and considered that the overall impression on the listener is that the advertisement is making light of breaking the law.

The Board considered that the advertisement did depict material contrary to prevailing community standards.

The Board determined that the advertisement did breach Section 2.6 of the Advertise Code of Ethics.
Visit the cases page of the Advertising Standards Bureau to read more about this case. To find out more about the ASB or to lodge a complaint about an advertisement, visit the Advertising Standards Bureau website.
Road safety resources available in Exmouth
Community groups, local business and sporting clubs are among the organisations eligible to borrow road safety resources available in Exmouth.
As part of the ongoing contribution to improving road safety outcomes for Gascoyne communities, the RoadWise Program continues to work with individuals and groups in the Shire of Exmouth to raise awareness of road safety in the community.

Resources are available to assist in promoting road safety issues including the dangers of drink driving, driving whilst fatigued, the benefits of wearing seat belts and the impact of speed on crash risk and severity.

These resources can be used for promotion at local events, to educate members of sporting clubs and as practical enhancements at business toolbox meetings.


Pictured above: Crushing and Mining Equipment (CME) shows how businesses can enhance toolbox talks with road safety resources.
For more information about road safety in the Shire of Exmouth and resources available, contact Senior Road Safety Consultant Engel Prendergast.
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:

WA Transport and Roads Forum (including presentation of the Local Government Road Safety Awards), Friday, 12 February 2016, El Caballo Resort, Wooroloo. Visit the WALGA website for forum details.

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.

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.
Bike Week grants 2016
A total of 35 organisations, including Local Governments, from regional and metropolitan Western Australia will receive State Government funds as part of Bike Week 2016.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced that 13 regional and 22 metropolitan recipients would each receive between $300 and $1,500 from the Department of Transport’s annual grants allocation.

“These organisations will be managing some exciting and original events throughout Bike Week, including bike treasure hunts, bike-to-work breakfasts, ride-to-markets, bike tours, backstreet odysseys, community rides and bike workshops and pit-stops,” Mr Nalder said.

“It is pleasing to see that more regional communities are applying for and receiving grants, and getting involved in Bike Week celebrations which are now held throughout WA.”

The Minister said grants were allocated to events that supported and encouraged people of all ages and abilities to leave their car behind and explore their communities by bicycle.

“Riding is a great way to travel short distances such as going to the shops or the train station. It is an enjoyable way to get some exercise, see more of your community and it also helps take cars off the road,” he said.
Visit the Bike Week website to view the full list of grant recipients.
New Rethinking Streets website showcases evidence-based complete street redesigns
The University of Oregon began the Rethinking Streets project back in 2012 with the goal of finding great, representative street redesigns and sharing them as widely as possible.
A book was published with PDF copies provided online. Now a searchable, constantly updated website has been developed to showcase street redesigns.

The Rethinking Streets website acts as a bridge between communities, academia and practice in the area of road design. The aim is for information to be accessible and understandable to everyone and to present the case studies in plain English.

Although a US-based website, the case studies and concept may be of interest to those responsible for planning and designing roads in Western Australia and other members of the community road safety network.
Visit the Rethinking Streets website to find out more.
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