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RoadWise
Road Safety Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2015
WALGA
Issue 1

In this issue...


 

Welcome Tiffany Brown
The RoadWise Program welcomes Tiffany Brown who joins us as the Road Safety Advisor for the Goldfields-Esperance region.
Tiffany holds science, exercise, health and workplace health and safety qualifications, has experience in Local Government and knowledge of the area as a result of growing up in the region.
Tiffany is based at the Shire of Esperance and can be contacted on 0409 881 924 or via email at tbrown2@walga.asn.au.
RoadWise Program website – Did you know?
The RoadWise website was relaunched almost one year ago. To celebrate, the next few editions of the RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter will showcase some of the road safety information available to assist Local Governments and other members of the community road safety network.
Did you know the RoadWise website has a section dedicated to providing tools and resources to assist with the implementation of local road safety activities?
Information in this section is grouped by the safe system cornerstones (safe roads and roadsides, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe road use) so visitors can target their activities to local road safety issues or areas of demand.

In addition, the publications page contains a form which allows visitors to download fact sheets, guides, campaign kits and other publications which can all be used to support road safety campaigns in your region.
Next month we’ll showcase the members’ only section of the website. Are you a member? To find out how to join the members’ only section, contact your Road Safety Advisor or visit the Get Involved page of the RoadWise website.
Get involved in the 2015 Blessing of the Roads campaign
Blessing of the Roads is a state-wide community road safety awareness campaign run in the lead up to and during the Easter long weekend. This year the Easter long weekend is from Friday 3 April until Monday 6 April 2015.
The Blessing of the Roads campaign is aligned to Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008-2020 and reminds people that everyone has a role to play in road safety.

The WALGA RoadWise Program is encouraging Local Governments, RoadWise Committees and other organisations to help raise awareness of road safety by participating in Blessing of the Roads activities.

There are many ways individuals and organisations can get involved with Blessing of the Roads such as, organising an event, erecting an informative display or incorporating the campaign messages into meetings.

To assist with campaign participation, a suite of resources and tools is available for downloadable from the Blessing of the Roads page of the RoadWise website.
 
Pictured above: The City of Rockingham's Blessing of the Roads 2013 event

The RoadWise Program can also help promote your event. Please email the details (date, time, location and contact information) to Road Safety Project Officer Essie Smith, by Friday, 27 February.
For further information visit the Blessing of the Roads campaign page or contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.
Road Safety Council recognises Cr Steve Martin
The Road Safety Council recently recognised the contribution of outgoing WALGA Road Safety Council representative Cr Steve Martin with the presentation of a Certificate of Recognition at its December meeting.

Pictured above: Cr Steve Martin is presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Road Safety Council Chairman, Professor Murray Lampard.


WALGA State Council member Cr Geoff Amphlet (City of Joondalup) replaces Cr Martin as WALGA’s Road Safety Council representative.
For further information about WALGA’s membership of the Road Safety Council, email RoadWise Program Manager Terri-Anne Pettet or call (08) 9213 2011.
Government of Western Australia’s Road Safety Community Grants Program
Funding is available from the State Government to assist local organisations, including Local Governments and community groups, with the development of events and road safety projects within your community.
Applications and criteria are available from the Community Grants page of the Office of Road Safety website .

There is still time to apply for grants.  The next round closes on Friday, 3 April 2015.
The program is administered through the Office of Road Safety. Please contact the Road Safety Community Grants Officer, John Doak on 9323 4692 for more information.
Onslow Road Users Group – 2014 successes
The Onslow Road Users Group (ORUG) has completed another year of identifying and addressing local road safety issues. The group includes representatives from the Shire of Ashburton, industry, state government agencies, St John Ambulance, WALGA RoadWise Program and local community.
Some of the highlights include promoting cycling safety, reducing vehicle speeds, identifying and removing road hazards, child car restraint checking, presenting a road safety event through a Chevron Community Spirit Grant, raising awareness of road safety through the ORUG Facebook page, driver education tools and crash trailer displays.


Pictured above: The ORUG child car restraint checking station.

The group will continue its work in 2015 with plans to address motorcycle and cycling safety, conduct another road safety event, facilitate the training of Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters as well as continuing to raise awareness of road safety.
To find out more, visit the ORUG Facebook page.
City of Greater Geraldton road safety seat signage
The City of Greater Geraldton RoadWise Committee, together with kind assistance and generous support from Streetside Advertising has designed seat signs with road safety messages.
The committee developed safety messages based on information from the Office of Road Safety, police statistics and local driver behaviour issues. The main areas of concern were distracted driving, speed and drink driving. 

The signage was designed to have simple messages with minimal visual clutter, and colours that would be noticed.

Each committee member was given an opportunity to develop a message, along with a design based on recommended impact guidelines from Streetside Advertising.  The designs were then voted by the committee with four selected for development.


Pictured above: Street signs visible from busy streets and circulated around Geraldton.
The signs are circulated around prominent areas of Geraldton by Streetside Advertising which keeps the messages fresh.  You never know where the signs will pop up next!
Carnarvon RoadWise Working Group promoting road safety
The Carnarvon RoadWise Working Group includes representatives from the Shire of Carnarvon, Main Roads WA, WA Country Health Service, WA Police, Department of Transport, Department of Corrective Services and the WALGA RoadWise Program.
In 2014, committee members were present at various events including Children’s Week, Carnarvon Careers Expo and the Christmas Wonderland Festival.

Road safety messages included child car restraints, safe vehicles and lower speeds.

The committee will continue its work in 2015 with plans to address fatigue, impaired driving, driver distraction and tourist safety.
To find out more about the Carnarvon RoadWise Working Group email Senior Road Safety Consultant  Engel Prendergast.
Record number of drivers stop, revive, survive
The Driver Reviver operation held in Cranbrook on the Friday before Australia Day was a huge success with record numbers stopping for a well-deserved break.

Pictured above: The Cranbrook Driver Reviver operation in full swing;
Local police Sergeant Bob Scott helped out by bringing the all important facilities.

Traffic was steady through the night with a total of 80 people stopping to take advantage of the free tea and coffee delivered by volunteers organised by the Cranbrook RoadWise Committee. 

The busiest times were from 8.00 - 9.00pm with 23 people stopping and again from 10.00 - 11.00pm with 15 people stopping.

A BBQ dinner was provided for the volunteers working on the van, all of whom had given up their time to provide this important service to the community.

The next Driver Reviver operation at this site will be held on Friday, 27 February and will be coordinated by the Shire of Plantagenet RoadWise Committee.
If you would like to volunteer for a shift, please email Amy Chadbourne at the Shire of Plantagenet.  
Toodyay CBD is now a 40km/h area
In April 2014 the Shire of Toodyay commissioned a Road Safety Audit of the CBD precinct in central Toodyay, considering traffic and pedestrian safety.
The objective was to comment on existing road infrastructure, sight distances and general road safety.

The posted speed limit for Stirling Terrace was 40km/h, however it was 50km/h on other streets. Concerns had been raised by the Shire and community members that shoppers and other pedestrians could be at risk.
 
Accepting the recommendations of the audit, the Shire worked with Main Roads Northam to reverse the stop signs at one intersection (Charcoal Lane/Duke Street) to give priority to Charcoal Lane, and apply a 40km/h speed zone over the whole precinct.
 
The work was completed in December 2014.


Picture above: Completed intersection at the Shire of Toodyay.
To find out more about road safety activities in the Wheatbelt North region, email Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson
The Katanning RoadWise Committee needs you!
Are you passionate about road safety? Do you live in the Katanning area? If so the Katanning RoadWise Committee wants to hear from you.
The committee is seeking reliable and enthusiastic members as well as someone who could assist in a secretarial role for the committee.
 
We can all play a role in preventing road crashes. Sharing the responsibility for road safety means that governments, communities and individual road users can all contribute in different ways to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. Community involvement is fundamental in road safety.
 
The local knowledge and expertise that communities bring to road safety activities help to ensure their success and increase their value. Everyone can make a difference in reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Please contact Katanning Roadwise Committee President Danny McGrath on 9821 1836 for further details on how you can contribute to your community.
Public transport trial in the Avon region
The TRANSWA trial of the Avonlink Enhancement Project is an opportunity for the communities of the Avon region to travel safely (and stress free) to Perth on the train for appointments, movies and family trips.
With a more frequent timetable and a Saturday service, a visit to or from Toodyay, Midland, Perth, and Mandurah is much easier than before. The best thing, passengers don’t have to worry about trucks & road trains, speeding, drink driving, congestion or finding a park in the city.

Passengers can also travel on the public transport system around Perth for free on the same ticket.
With public transport limited in the Wheatbelt region, the Northam RoadWise Committee encourages Northam residents to get on board and support this initiative. To find out more, visit the TRANSWA website.
Toodyay Bush Poets Festival road safety winner
Each year, the annual Toodyay Bush Poets Festival includes a category for road safety poems and yarns.
In late 2014, a young local poet, Jem Shorland, penned the above poem which focused on drink driving and motor bike safety.
School holiday road safety wrap up
The City of Armadale RoadWise Advisory Committee joined approximately 7,000 people at the local Carols by Candlelight celebrations, handing out 1,500 road ribbons to remind people to use the roads with care over the festive season.

Pictured above:
Raising road safety awareness at City of Armadale’s Carols by Candlelight.

The Town of Cambridge joined forces with Wembley and Cottesloe police to remind the community road safety is everyone's responsibility.

During the double demerits period 22 December 2014 to 4 January 2015, local police 'pulled over' and rewarded over 150 drivers within the Town of Cambridge who displayed positive driving habits. Positive driving behaviours included; driving safely, indicating correctly, using hands free devices, courteous driving, children correctly fastened and recording an under 0.05 blood alcohol concentration.

Drivers received a 'Winning Driver Pack', containing road safety information, along with coffee and movie vouchers.

Those rewarded for positive driving behaviour were also entered into a draw to win two major prizes - one night’s accommodation at the Crown Metropol Perth or a Clancys Fishbar voucher.

The road safety campaign was well received by the local community, gave local police the opportunity to reward positive behaviour and recognise the fantastic work of local police and emergency personnel.


Pictured above: Promotions for the Town of Cambridge Christmas road safety promotion.
For further information about other road safety initiatives implemented by the Town of Cambridge, please visit the Town’s website.
 
Safe cars - Latest Honda Jazz scores 5-stars
Independent vehicle safety organisation, ANCAP, released a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the current model Honda Jazz on Wednesday, 28 January.
This rating is of particular note as it is the first rating issued by ANCAP determined using crash test data from the recently formed South East Asian New Car Assessment Program, ASEAN NCAP.

Launched in Australia and New Zealand mid last year, the current model Honda Jazz continues to offer 5 star safety to occupants and pedestrians. This 5 star achievement was the result of five physical crash tests conducted by both ANCAP and sister program, ASEAN NCAP based in Malaysia.

All variants of the Honda Jazz (July 2014 - onward) offer electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), reversing collision avoidance (camera) and emergency stop signal (ESS) standard.
To search individual crash test results for over 510 vehicles, learn more about safety technologies, explore interactive features, watch videos or download images and media releases visit ancap.com.au.
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