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Road Safety Newsletter
November 2015
Issue 11

In this issue...

New Road Safety Commissioner announced
The State Government has appointed Western Australia's first ever Road Safety Commissioner in former senior WA Police officer Kim Papalia.
Mr Papalia had also been appointed to the position of Chair of the Road Safety Council.
Read the full media statement by visiting the website of the Minister for Road Safety, the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA.
Road Ribbon for Road Safety® 2015 events
Is your Local Government or community group planning an event or promotion as part of the 2015 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign? We'd love to hear about it and also help promote it.
Send the details of your local event including the date, time, location and contact information to Road Safety Project Officer Essie Smith.

The RoadWise Program will promote local events through the RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter, RoadWise website, social media and the official campaign media release.

The current list of local Road Ribbon for Road Safety® events includes:

Name Organisation Date Location
Driver Reviver Kojonup Lions Club
January, 9.00-5.00pm
The Kodja Place Visitor Centre Kojonup
Coolgardie Driver Reviver Shire of Coolgardie 22-24/12/2015, 8.00am - 8.00pm Coolgardie Park, Bayley St
Road Ribbon for Road Safety City of South Perth 16/11/2015-8/1/2016, 8.30am - 5.00pm City of South Perth Civic Centre
Road Ribbon for Road Safety Shire of Shark Bay 16/11/2015 onwards Shire of Shark Bay
Driver Reviver Southern Cross Driver Reviver 23/24/28 December 2015 Southern Cross
A Global Problem Lake Grace RoadWise 16/11/2015 – onwards
Lake Grace Community Resources Centre
A Global Problem Lake Grace RoadWise 16/11/2015 – onwards Lake Grace Library
World Day of Remembrance Mandurah RoadWise Advisory Group 15/11/2015 – 8/1/2016
Mandurah area
Road Ribbon for Road Safety
Royal Perth Hospital PARTY Program 18/11/2015, 9.00am-2.30pm
Royal Perth Hospital
Christmas Shire Campaign
Cranbrook RoadWise
December to January 2016 Shire of Cranbrook office
Christmas Shire Campaign
Cranbrook RoadWise
December to January 2016 Cranbrook Driver Reviver
Road Ribbon for Road Safety City of Swan 6/11/2015 City of Swan Administration Centre
Road Ribbon for Road Safety Pilbara Police Station 15/11/2015 Karratha Visitor Centre
Road Ribbon for Road Safety
Warnbro Primary School Travel wise 15/11/2015 – 8/1/2016
Warnbro Primary School, 45 Axminster Rd Warnbro
Road Ribbon for Road Safety Bridgetown Police Station 15/11/2015 – 8/01/2016 Bridgetown Police Station

Indian Ocean Festival Jurien Bay Police 7/11/2015, 9am – 8.30pm Jurien Bay
Ribbons for Road Safety Morning Tea St Ives Group 20/11/2015, 10.00am Various locations
Open Day chat Darkan Primary School 25/11/2015, 9.45am Darkan Primary School
Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Parade 2015 City of Armadale 6/12/2015, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Memorial Park, Orchard Ave, Armadale
Dowerin Community Christmas Carols and Blessing of the Roads Dowerin 20/12/2015 Dowerin
Road Ribbon for Road Safety morning tea Main Roads Carnarvon 25/11/2015, 10.00am Main Roads Carnarvon Office
Visit the RoadWise Program website to find out how you can get involved in this year's Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign.
New Road Safety Auditor for the RoadWise Program
Road Safety Advisor Karen White has gained accreditation as a Road Safety Auditor and can now provide greater assistance to Local Governments in her region as they aim to improve road safety outcomes.
Karen has attended a number of road safety audits in the Perth metropolitan area as a team member and her new auditor accreditation offers Local Governments, local businesses and community groups in the area the opportunity to have a representative member as part of a road safety audit team.

Karen brings a broad perspective to a road safety audit, with experience driving trucks (up to 8 tonnes), cars, riding motorcycles, bicycles and being a pedestrian.
If you or a colleague are conducting a road safety audit in the metropolitan area and require an accredited road safety audit team member, contact Karen on (08) 9213 2041 or email For a full list of Road Safety Auditors visit the IPWEA website.
Students get creative to promote seat belt safety
During term three, eight rural primary schools in and around the Shire of Esperance were invited to participate in the Esperance RoadWise ‘Design Your Own Seat Belt’ project.
Each student was provided with a blank seat belt sash and asked to decorate it with a design of their choice.

Schools were also asked to provide examples of seat belt slogans and persuasive text the students had produced to promote the use of seat belts.

The objectives of the project were to:
  • Educate children on the importance of wearing seat belts and develop positive attitudes towards restraints.
  • Encourage students to influence their parents' driving behaviour.
  • Engage the community in a seat belt awareness campaign.
The project was incorporated into a display at the Esperance Agricultural Show, with members of the community invited to vote for their favourite school display.

This project was supported by a Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grant.

Pictured above: Some of the participants in the Esperance seat belt  project

Seat belt use remains a priority road safety issue in the Goldfields-Esperance region. Restraints were not worn in 27% of all fatal and serious injury crashes in the region from 2004-2013.

Furthermore, the Goldfield-Esperance region was the second worst performing region for fatal and serious injury crashes per 100,000 related to the non-use of restraints over the same time period.1
1Road Safety Commission,, accessed 16/10/2015
Regional restraint use statistics can be accessed from the Road Safety Commission website.
Kununurra child car restraints checked
Members of the Kununurra Child Car Restraint Type 1 Fitter network conducted a successful checking station at Kununurra recently.
Despite the heat, the crew worked hard under the shade of a giant tree located at the Kununurra Neighbourhood House.

The checking station received some great media attention from the local radio station, and the social media space was just as hot as the weather.

Pictured above: Dean Pegoraro, of Kununurra, is twice as happy having the child car restraints in his two cars checked by Amy Ritchie, from Kununurra Community Health.
There are plans to hold the next checking stations in Kununurra and Wyndham during February. Details will be posted through the local network as soon as dates are finalised.
RoadWise Committees and police working together to reduce drink driving in Gosnells and Armadale
RoadWise Committee members in the Cities of Gosnells and Armadale joined forces with local police during October to target drink driving on local roads.
In a joint venture, members of the Armadale and Gosnells RoadWise Committees attended a WA Police random breath testing operation.

While police tested drivers and checked licences and vehicle registrations, committee members handed out educational information to drivers who tested positive to alcohol, though within legal limits. This was to remind them of the dangers of drinking and driving.

A total of 234 drivers who blew 0.00, took up the offer to enter a competition to win a $100 gift voucher. The winner will be drawn by members of the Gosnells RoadWise Committee in the coming weeks.

With alcohol a contributing factor in more than 22% of road fatalities1, the Gosnells and Armadale RoadWise Committees will continue to work with WA Police and other stakeholders to raise awareness and educate the broader community on the dangers of drink driving and ways to reduce the incidence of drink driving.

Pictured above: Members of Gosnells and Armadale RoadWise Committees and WA Police ready to tackle drink driving.

1 2014 Preliminary Fatal and Critical Injuries on WA Roads – Summary,
If you would like to be involved in road safety in your local area contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.
Swan RoadWise Committee promotes Motorcycle Safety Week 2015
To coincide with the launch of Motorcycle Safety Week 2015, which commenced on 30 October, the Swan RoadWise Committee set up a motorcycle and scooter safety display at the City of Swan administration office to raise awareness of the benefits of wearing protective clothing whilst riding.

Pictured above: The City of Swan motorcycle display.

On a per kilometre travelled basis, motorcyclists are approximately 26 times as likely as passenger vehicle occupants to be killed or seriously injured.1

In response to these statistics, a banner and various brochures have been made available to the public which include information about the type of protective clothing to wear and the ways in which the right clothing can help protect the body.

Other information provided at the display includes advice on how to safely maintain your motorcycle or scooter. A DVD is also available from the Motorcycle Riders Association WA that shows important tips and techniques for safe riding.

1Road Safety Commission, Motorcyclists Fact Sheet,, accessed 30/10/2015.
For more information about motorcycling and scooter safety, visit the RoadWise Program and Road Safety Commission websites.
St Mary's Primary School gala movie night promotes the 'belt up' message.
Hundreds flocked to St Mary’s Primary School in Broome on October 30 for the annual Parents and Friends (P & F) gala movie night.
The movie night is a major fundraiser for the P & F and was supported by an event grant through the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program.

Funds raised at the event are being put towards the purchase of outdoor furniture and other equipment for the school.

Picture: Arlie Dowding and Tasman Stevens on the belt up 'red carpet' fashion shoot before the movie.
Visit the Road Safety Commission website to find out how your Local Government or community group can apply for a grant for your next event.
Tackling motorcycle safety in the Wheatbelt North
Local Governments in the Wheatbelt North region have been working to raise awareness of motorcycle safety through safety sessions and community displays.
In a partnership between the Shire of Chittering and the Toodyay RoadWise Committee, Dave Wright from the Motorcycle Riders Association of WA recently delivered a session which focused on safe motorbike riding techniques to local riders and visitors to Toodyay.

This session was requested in response to the high number of motorcycle crashes in the Avon Valley area, in particular on Julimar Road.

Topics covered in the free motorbike safety workshop included positioning on the road, braking techniques and the latest safety technology.

Pictured: Motorcycle riding workshop participants in Toodyay.

The next course will be conducted at the Craigie Leisure Centre in Craigie (metropolitan area) on 21 November 2015. To find out more about this course, or to register your interest in future courses, email Dave Wright Motorcycle Consulting or telephone Dave on mob: 0418 954 424.

In support of the local commitment to raising awareness about motorcycle safety, the Toodyay RoadWise Committee have commissioned a motorcycle crash trailer to attract the attention of riders; with funding received through the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program. 

Solar powered flashing lights and signage will be installed on the trailer, and once complete, the Committee will use the trailer at events and at targeted locations, to warn motorcyclists of the specific risks associated with country riding.

Pictured above: The Toodyay motorcycle crash trailer in progress.
To find out how you can get involved in road safety in the Wheatbelt Region, contact Road Safety Advisors Cliff Simpson (Wheatbelt North) or Rodney Thornton (Wheatbelt South).
Angling competitor raises awareness of driver fatigue
The Australian Anglers Association (WA Division) raised awareness of the dangers of driver fatigue at the Western Australian State Dry Casting Championships 2015/16 event, held at Coolamon Reserve, Coolamon on Sunday, 25 October.
Competitor John Crompton has himself been a victim of a road traffic crash as a result of driving whilst tired. Hence, John has a particular passion to promote the ‘Driving tired can kill’ message in the hope other drivers consider the risk of fatigue when driving.

John said those who enjoy fishing travel long distances to fish recreational areas, spend all day out fishing and then drive long distances home.

To raise awareness about the dangers of fatigue, John set up a ‘Driving tired can kill. Don’t drive tired’ banner and provided participants and their families with litter bags containing brochures about fatigue as well as other road safety merchandise. 

John talked to other competitors at the event about how to recognise the signs of driver fatigue as well as ways to help combat fatigue such as; stopping for a break or coffee, swapping drivers where possible, or stopping to have a short sleep.

Congratulations to John Crompton for his efforts to promote an awareness of driver fatigue to the fishing community.

Pictured above: The fatigue message on display at the WA State Dry Casting Championships.
For more information about fatigue, visit the Road Safety Commission website. Before you set off on your next trip, visit the RoadWise Program website to find the Coffee Stop and Driver Reviver sites on your route.
Promoting child car restraint use at the Carnarvon Under the Sea Family Fun Day
Carnarvon RoadWise Committee members joined the staff from the Shire of Carnarvon to provide child car restraints information at the Under the Sea Family Fun Day held during October.
The correct use of an appropriate child car restraint can greatly reduce the risk of death or serious injury to a child in a crash.

With an increasing number of child car restraints currently available on the market and changes to standards and legislation over the past few years, parents and carers can find it confusing to determine which restraint they should use for their child.

As part of their family day display, the Carnarvon RoadWise Committee showcased some of the newer child car restraints on the market, provided the opportunity for people to ask questions and distributed valuable child car restraint information.

A Child Car Restraint Type 1 Fitters course will be held in Carnarvon during November. Registered participants will learn how to fit and provide advice on the correct use of child car restraints.
For more information about child car restraints, the Carnarvon RoadWise Committee and local road safety initiatives visit the RoadWise website.
Enhancing police enforcement on Onslow Road
Drivers entering and leaving the town of Onslow are being reminded that police are currently targeting unsafe vehicles and non-use of seat belts.
As part of the road safety efforts in the Onslow area, local area targeted enforcement signs (LATES) along Onslow Road are a reminder drivers that police are targeting drivers who don’t obey the road rules.

Enforcement of road rules is an important aspect of the safe system approach to road safety, as one of the ways to ensure that road users are alert and compliant.1

Ensuring that your vehicle is the safest in its class and that all occupants are wearing seat belts are two ways to reduce the risk of death or serious injury on the road.

Pictured above: Local area targeted enforcement signs (LATES) along Onslow Road.

1 Towards Zero, WA road safety strategy 2008-2020,
For more information about road safety activities in Onslow, contact Sam Rigg from the Onslow Road Users Group on 0427 235 440.
The Avon Valley Arts Society Inc. Road Safety Exhibition
The Avon Valley Arts Society Inc. held an exhibition of school student road safety art during October.
Three schools in the Avon Valley area participated in the exhibition which focused on safe road use.

Meckering, Wundowie and Northam Primary Schools produced art which will be included in a 2016 calendar, free to students and community members in the Avon Valley area.

The Avon Valley Arts Society Inc. received funding through the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program to produce the calendar.

Pictured above: 3D artwork by Brodie Antonia Bennett, Year 3, Wundowie Primary School.
To find out how you can get involved in road safety in the Wheatbelt North Region, contact Regional Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson.
South West Industry Road Safety Alliance - Webinar
Coordinated by the Road Safety Commission Partnership Program, the South West Industry Road Safety Alliance (IRSA) is conducting a webinar on Tuesday, 24 November at 8.30am (11.30am AEST).
The webinar, facilitated by the National Road Safety Partnership Program, will be showcasing the South West Industry Road Safety Alliance, its achievements and benefits from being involved in a dynamic alliance.
To find more information and to register your attendance, please visit the Road Safety Commission 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:
  • WALGA's Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign. The campaign commences on Sunday 15 November 2015 and runs through until 8 January 2016. Visit the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® web page to find out more.
  • 12th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference, 25-27 November, Sydney. Visit the conference website to find out more.
  • City of Swan and City of Stirling - Vehicle checking/child car restraint checking and fitting station, 28 November, Centrepoint Shopping Centre car park.
  • Child Car Restraint checking station, Fitzroy Crossing Tourist Bureau, 2 December 2015 - coinciding with the Town's Carols by Candlelight event.
  • WA Transport and Roads Forum, Friday, 12 February 2016, El Caballo Resort, Wooroloo.
  • 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.
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