Centre for Road Safety

Children and bike program supervisors pose with their Aboriginal motif helmets, showing how they should sit two fingers above the eyebrows.

Safer children

Our partnership with the Aboriginal Team at Roads and Maritime Services helps deliver safety programs to Aboriginal communities across the state.

We also communicate road safety initiatives, including our new Safety Town online resource for schools and families, the Child Car Seats website, and the Speed Advisor app to help drivers stick to the speed limit.

Bike safety

We target townships with high rates of bike use to promote safe bicycle riding among Aboriginal youth. We help deliver Australian Standard helmets to the community and raise awareness of the road rules, safe places to ride, the dangers of not wearing a helmet and bike maintenance. Children are also shown how to properly fit their helmets, with the top sitting two finger widths above the eyebrows. Since 2013, targeted Aboriginal bike safety programs have:

  • Helped more than 300 Aboriginal people
  • Delivered more than 1500 Aboriginal designed helmets to Aboriginal participants

Child car seats

We raise awareness in Aboriginal community controlled health services about the safety benefits of correctly fitting and using child car seats. The program also increases the number of staff at Aboriginal community controlled health services and carers that are able to correctly fit child car seats. Child car seats are also made available to community members who need financial assistance.

Since 2013, targeted Aboriginal child car seat programs have:

  • Delivered child restraint fitting programs at 12 locations
  • Trained 59 Aboriginal people to correctly fit child car seats
  • Distributed more than 110 child car seats to Aboriginal services and people

In 2014, we made more than 130 child car seats available to Aboriginal community transport organisations to help young children travel safely in community cars and buses.