We develop campaigns to improve road safety in NSW. School children, pedestrians, learner drivers and motorcyclists are some of the road users to benefit from our initiatives.
Our achievements include:
- Look Out Before You Step Out, our campaign to improve pedestrian safety, particularly on higher risk urban roads, including upgrades to pedestrian safety infrastructure include changes to traffic signal timing to protect pedestrians from turning cars, more high pedestrian activity 40km/h speed zones, pedestrian countdown timers and trials of in-ground lights as an added warning when crossing the road.
- The Used Car Safety Ratings 2016-17 Buyers Guide to help you find second-hand vehicles with the best safety features.
- Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme for learner, P1 and P2 drivers will better prepare them for real-world road hazards to reduce serious injuries and deaths on the road.
- The NSW Road Safety Progress Report 2014/15, presented to Parliament as part of the NSW Government’s long-term commitment road safety under the NSW Road Safety Strategy.
- The redesigned Safety Town website, with digital and non-digital teaching and learning activities to support road safety education from Kindergarten to Year 6 in NSW primary schools.
- The Slow Down campaign encouraging drivers to reduce their speed so they have time to stop if something unexpected happens on the road.
- The second round of our Community Road Safety Grants, where community groups could apply for smaller road safety projects up to $5000 or larger projects up to $30,000.
- The Towards Zero campaign to highlight the human element of the road toll and encourage all road users to change the way they think about road safety.
- Making more city streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists with the expansion of the Sydney CBD 40km/h speed limit area.
- Ensuring that all schools in NSW now have at least one set of school zone flashing lights to warn drivers to slow down around schools and improve safety for students.
Some of our efforts to improve road safety included:
- The Go Together campaign to help drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians understand the new laws being introduced to encourage everyone to respect each other’s space and Go Together safely.
- The 2015 speed camera review, which shows that speed cameras continue to deliver positive road safety benefits.
- Our MDT campaign warns drivers that NSW Police can test them for drugs anytime, anywhere, there’s no escaping it.
- To encourage drivers to get their hand off it, from this Christmas holiday period, double demerits will apply to mobile phone offences.
- Our partnership with the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club to help tackle speeding, the biggest killer on our roads.
- The Be Bus Aware campaign featuring Bus Safety Week, highlighting the importance of bus safety for all road users. Buses are large, heavy vehicles and can’t stop quickly
- Publishing serious injury data that has not previously been available, enabling us to better research and analyse road trauma to help reduce serious injuries.
- Our latest Get Your Hand Off It campaign, which has been extended to highlight the serious consequences of using your mobile phone illegally while driving.
- Our sponsorship of the NSW Blues, with the Plan B Regional Bash promoting the Plan B campaign to a wider audience across NSW regional areas.
- The Safer Drivers Course video starring Greater Western Sydney Giants Academy players, showing how the course helps learner drivers graduate to their P-plates.
- The Buyer’s Guide to Used Car Safety Ratings 2015-16 to help identify safer second-hand models, while our crash test videos show how a safer car could save your life in a crash.
- Our FleetCAT trial of collision avoidance technology systems in the NSW state vehicle fleet, where audio and visual alerts will warn drivers of potential crashes.
- The installation of pedestrian countdown timers at 29 busy intersections across NSW to help pedestrians cross safely within the allotted time.
- On the move, our online road safety education resource for secondary schools, developed as part of the NSW Road Safety Education Program, a partnership between Transport for NSW, the Department of Education and Communities, Catholic Education Commission and Association of Independent Schools of NSW.
- The NSW Road Safety Progress Report 2013/14, presented to Parliament as part of the NSW Government’s long-term commitment road safety under the NSW Road Safety Strategy.
- The Sydney Swans videos that show how easily it is to be distracted when you use your mobile phone and the risks drivers face.
- The naturalistic driving study where cameras and sensors will be installed in about 360 vehicles to help develop new ways to prevent crashes.
- The report on the safety benefits of new Crash avoidance technologies in heavy vehicles by the Monash University Accident Research Centre commissioned by the Vehicle Safety Research Group.
- It's a two-way street, produced in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation. Our animation takes drivers and riders back to basics, urging them to follow the rules and show mutual consideration and respect.
- On the road 65Plus, with advice and safety tips for people in our community aged 65 or over to help them stay independent and safe.
- The new alcohol interlock laws, where NSW drivers convicted of high range, repeat or other serious drink driving offences face court orders to fit alcohol interlock devices to their vehicles.
- 20,000 young drivers completing the Safer Drivers Course, which teaches learner drivers how to manage risks on the road and stay safe when they graduate to their P-plates.
Some of our achievements included:
- Our Helmet safety video for children featuring Greater Western Sydney Giants co-captain Callan Ward.
- The Community Road Safety Grants program, allowing community groups the opportunity to deliver localised road safety projects of up to $5000. There are also larger grants of up to $30,000 available.
- The NSW Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan 2014-2017 to support Aboriginal communities. It features free access to the Safer Drivers Course, the continuation of successful driver licensing access programs and training on the safe installation of child car seats.
- “How sorry will you be?”, continuing the Don’t Rush campaign, featuring Dr Brian Owler, president of the Australian Medical Association. If you’re in a car with a speeding driver, speak up and tell them to slow down – you may never get a second chance to.
Our trial of pedestrian countdown timers at six Sydney intersections to find if they improve pedestrian safety and whether we should use them in selected high-pedestrian areas.
Ride to Live, the campaign that gets to the heart of what keeps motorcyclists safe: making good decisions. The campaign gives riders useful information about the risks they face on the road and how they can best manage them. The Ride to Live website features hazard tests and tips on a wide range of topics, such as braking distances and selecting the right helmet and protective gear.
- They're counting on you with our driveway safety video featuring Scott Cam. The campaign also encourages the correct use of child car seats.
- Our Double Demerits Think Twice road safety campaign to encourage safe driver behaviour on our roads. The campaign reminds drivers and riders that on long weekends and during other double demerit periods the consequences for breaking the road rules are more severe.
- The 2014 speed camera review, which shows that speed cameras continue to deliver positive road safety benefits.
- The release of the 2014-15 Buyers Guide to Used Car Safety Ratings, helping buyers to find the safest models.
- The 40 km/h speed limit in the Sydney CBD to improve safety for the high volume of pedestrians in the busy city centre.
- New guidelines on the types of bull bars that are allowed on NSW roads, reducing the dangers posed to pedestrians and other road users.
- A ban on all petrol-powered bicycles in NSW. From 1 October 2014, all petrol-powered bicycles will be banned on NSW roads and road-related areas such as footpaths, shared paths, cycle ways and cycle paths Petrol-powered bikes are unsafe and put their riders and other road users at risk.