A Road Safety Officer has been appointed to the City of Canada Bay, in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). This position is responsible for the strategic development of the local road safety programs and events in our community.
Local road safety issues are identified through analysis of local crash data provided by the RMS, and through consultation with residents, police, schools and other stakeholders.
For more details and road safety tips please select a topic below.
The City of Canada Bay provides complimentary checks for local residents to ensure their child safety restraints are fitted correctly. The next fitting service will be held on Saturday, 23 February 2019. Bookings for the Safe Seat Saturday event will open from 23 January 2019 until exhausted.
Child restraint regulations apply for children up to seven years of age:
The Centre for Road Safety provides more details about the new regulations as well as information about child restraints on its website, including how to choose the right restraint for your child.
In 2016, alcohol was a contributing factor in 2 per cent of all crashes in the City of Canada Bay. Drink driving is an offence with large fines and loss of demerit points applying in New South Wales. For more information, please refer to the Roads and Maritime Service guide to offences and penalties.
Your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is the amount of alcohol you have in your system in grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. A BAC of 0.05 means you have 0.05 grams (50 milligrams) of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood.
A standard drink is a measure of alcohol that helps people monitor their level of alcohol consumption.
All the drinks shown are different sizes but each of them has about 10 grams of alcohol which is the equivalent of one standard drink. The drinks are different sizes because some are stronger (have more alcohol) than others.
Please note: a glass of wine is often poured in amounts greater than a standard drink. A wine glass is misleading and can typically hold 1.5 to 1.8 standard drinks.
For further information please refer to the NSW Health Alcohol information sheet here.
Don’t drink and drive. You need to plan ahead to get home safely after a night out – if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. Make a positive choice to get home safely the next time you are out drinking.
Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of death and injury on NSW roads. Men make up 87 per cent of drink drivers in fatal crashes. In 2016 where alcohol involvement was known, alcohol was a contributing factor in 814 road crashes in New South Wales, 51 of those fatal. Out of all fatal crashes that occurred on New South Wales roads in 2016, 42 per cent took place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
The effects of alcohol are wide ranging and impossible to avoid. After a big night out you may still have alcohol in your system for much of the next day. Getting back to zero takes time. After a heavy night of drinking, it can take more than 18 hours for your BAC to get back to zero. Click here for more information.
Fatigue-related crashes can happen on any trip no matter how long or short or what time of day. It’s important to think about how tired you are before driving, recognising the early warning signs when driving and know what to do to avoid driving tired.
Before you drive, consider the following:
Click to‘Test your tired self’ here.
If you feel tired when driving, consider the following:
Did you know that the Driver Reviver program operates throughout Australia during school holidays and over long weekends to reduce fatigue-related crashes on our roads?
Click the above logo to see where the NSW Driver Reviver Programs are located to help plan your trip (identified by the yellow icons on the map).
Council’s Parking Enforcement Team play an important role in creating a safe and accessible environment for both pedestrians and motorists. The team is most active around schools and shopping precincts to protect children and assist businesses with parking turn-over.
Please read our Pocket Parking Guide below for more information about:
In 2016, The City of Canada Bay had a total of 18 people seriously injured and 1 fatality due to pedestrian related road crashes. Pedestrians need to ‘Look Out Before You Step Out’ to avoid conflict with motor vehicles before crossing the road. Below is advice for both pedestrians and drivers to follow to ensure that the number of serious injuries and fatalities are reduced on NSW roads.
Even if you are familiar with the road, it’s vital to take an extra moment to look out before you step out, and always choose the safest place and time to cross.
As a rule, drivers must give way to pedestrians crossing the road into which their vehicles are turning. Drivers must also give way to pedestrians if there is a danger of colliding with them, even if there is no marked pedestrian crossing. As a vehicle’s speed increases, so does the risk of injury or death to pedestrians hit in a crash. Follow the following helpful tips to assist driving safely in the City of Canada Bay
The best way to keep young children safe from traffic injuries is to hold their hand or hold them close. By holding onto children, you can stop them running into dangerous situations. Even though children may complain about holding hands, by making family rules about safe walking, explaining them and reinforcing safe behaviour, you will help children learn how to become safer pedestrians.
As a parent or carer, you can assist in teaching your child to safely cross the road by discussing these helpful questions and tips with your child when crossing the road:
A motorised wheelchair user is generally considered to be a pedestrian, and must comply with the NSW Road Rules that apply to pedestrians. For more information regarding motorised wheelchairs and scooters please clink here
40km/h school zones help protect children on their way to and from schools at the times and places where they are often in high numbers. This lower speed limit reduces the risk and potential severity of a crash. School zone signs, dragon’s teeth road markings and flashing lights improve the visibility of school zones. Click the video below to brush up on your school zone road rule knowledge.
Most school zones operate from 8am to 9:30am and from 2:30pm to 4pm. However, there are a small number of non-standard school zone times in NSW which are identified by red/orange school zone signs showing the times when the school zone operates.
40km/h school zones are in force on all days which are not a weekend, a public holiday or a publicly notified school holiday for government schools. The table below identifies the days that school zones are in force in 2018.
School zone days (as shown above) include school development days, also known as student-free days, because some students may attend their school on these days.
Motorists must drive no faster than 40 km/h through school zones. Increased fines and demerit points apply for certain school zone offences, with illegal use of mobile phones and speeding among those included in double demerit periods. The Roads and Maritime website has information on fines and demerit point offences.
Do you know the road rules and parking signage in and around your School Zone?
The City of Canada Bay in partnership with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) has compiled a helpful poster for your school community. Download the flyer below for more information:
As a shared responsibility, parents, teachers and school students all play a vital role in remaining safe around schools. To help encourage the road safety message, the NSW Government has complied useful Road Safety Education Programs which can be delivered in the classroom or at home. Click on the below links to see how you can help educate your child at home to ensure that they remain safe.
Driving can be a basis of getting from one place to another but it can also be a source of independence for most people. Changes were made recently to older drivers regarding their licensing scheme to ensure that a balance of road safety and independence was met.
The licensing changes impacts all license holders 75 years and older with the following requirements now in force to ensure that all drivers are fit to drive. These include:
NOTE: A modified licence allows you to drive certain distances within your local area to access the services you need, such as shopping, community activities and medical appointments.
If you wish to continue with an unrestricted licence you have two options when taking the on-road driving assessment:
The on-road assessment must be completed before you turn 85. Roads and Maritime will send you a letter with more details about the assessment and the option to take a modified licence two months before you turn 85.
You can find out more about older driver licensing in NSW here
Medical conditions that affect driving
All drivers, regardless of their age, must inform Roads and Maritime if they have any medical conditions that could affect their ability to drive safely.
Reporting your condition does not mean you have to give up your licence. Roads and Maritime Services will request you visit your doctor to have your fitness to drive assessed. During the appointment, talk to your doctor about your driving needs. You may qualify for a conditional licence that allows you to continue driving if you undergo periodic medical assessments.
Giving up your licence
If you no longer need your licence, you can hand it in at any time. For identification, you will be offered a free NSW Photo Card when you return your licence to a Service NSW Centre. If you don’t need the card, simply post your licence to a registry or service centre with a short letter about your decision to stop driving.
If you’re worried about someone’s driving
If you’re concerned about a person who is showing changes in their driving abilities, or know of a person who has not reported a medical condition that affects their ability to drive safely, you can inform Roads and Maritime Services at your closes Service NSW Centre.
The City of Canada Bay has temporary speed radar displays at various locations across the Council area. This interactive technology alerts motorists to their speed of travel and provides visual cues through LED displays to encourage safe driver behaviour (a smiley face) or remind motorists to slow down (a sad face).
These displays are installed for varying durations with many regularly moved between a number of identified locations to maximise their effectiveness at reducing vehicle speeds in the area.
Speeding - which encompasses excessive speed (driving above the speed limits) or inappropriate speed (driving too fast for the prevailing conditions) is recognised as a major contributory factor in both the number and severity of traffic crashes.
As a vehicle’s speed increases, so does the distance travelled during the driver’s reaction time (reaction distance) and the distance needed to stop (braking distance).
Speed limits are set by the Roads and Maritime Services and are intended to reflect the road safety risk to the road users while maintaining the ability of people to easily get to their destination.
Where there is no posted speed limit sign, default speed limits apply.
In NSW there are two default speed limits, default urban speed limit for roads in built-up areas (i.e. where there are buildings next to the road or where there is street lighting) and a default speed limit for all other roads.
The maximum speed limit is 40km/h at all times. Changes in the road environment are made to help alert drivers to the lower speed limit and make them aware of the presence of pedestrians moving about or near the road.
This creates a safer road environment for all road users, particularly for pedestrians, cyclists and children.
The City of Canada Bay has worked closely with the Roads and Maritime Services to have High Pedestrian Activity Areas implemented in sections of the following roads:
Form more information concerning Safe Speed Limits from the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), please click here.
If your vehicle is detected by a fixed speed camera, mobile speed camera or a Police Officer and a penalty notice is issued, you will incur a fine and licence demerit points. Learner and P1 licence holders will have their licence suspended for at least three months for any speeding offence.
The Demerit Points Scheme is a national program that allocates penalty points (demerits) for a range of driving offences. The scheme is designed to encourage safe and responsible driving. Along with financial penalties, demerit points provide a strong incentive to drive within the law.
Increased fines and demerit points apply to certain traffic and parking offences committed within operating School Zones. See the NSW Centre for Road Safety website for information about when School Zones are in force.
The City of Canada Bay in conjunction with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) is offering a free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers, offering practical advice on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers, and cover topics such as:
Bookings for the workshops are essential. Please see below for the next Graduate Learner Supervisor workshop being run by The City of Canada Bay.