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Seniors Safety

Research shows older road users are most likely to suffer serious injuries from car crashes, particularly pedestrian crashes.

FREE Senior Road Safety Workshops are offered throughout the year, helping seniors keep up to date with road safety rules and driver licensing.

For information on the next Seniors Road Safety Workshop search the event calendar or contact Council's road safety officers on 9976 1619 or email. Bookings are essential.

Learner and Young Drivers

Young drivers make up 15% of all drivers, yet they’re involved in 33% of fatal crashes (source: NSW Department Transport).  As a result, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have significantly changed the licensing system for new drivers. Council, with the RMS, offer free workshops developed around these changes. Council, with the RMS, offer free workshops developed to provide practical advice and information to help L-platers become safer drivers.

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers Workshops

Two-hour workshops, developed by the RMS, assists parents and supervisors of learner drivers with the important role of advising and teaching novice drivers.

  • Understanding of the new laws for L and P licence holders
  • Supervising learner drivers
  • Completing the Learner Driver Log Book
  • Understanding the benefits of supervised on-road driving experience

For information on the next Learner Drivers Workshop search the event calendar or contact Council's road safety officers on 1300 434 434 or email. Bookings are essential.

Drink Driving

 

  • In 2018, at least 68 people lost their lives in alcohol related crashes on NSW roads. This is a drastic reduction since the 1980s, but more can be done.
  • Our research shows that the presence of illegal drugs is involved in around the same number of fatal crashes as drink driving.
  • The courts play an important role in administering justice, but are not the only way to ensure tough, but fair, penalties.
  • Over the three-year period ending June 2017, 56 per cent of low range, drink driving first offences resulted in a non-conviction order in court (typically a ‘Section 10’).
  • Similarly, 36 per cent of first offences for driving with the presence of an illicit drug resulted in non-conviction.
  • This means that offenders do not lose their licence, despite systematic application of licence disqualification or suspension being recognised as a key, proven strategy to address drink driving.
  • The reform addresses this – ensuring swifter and consistent penalties after an offence.

Changes to Penalties and Licence Sanctions

From 20 May 2019, changes will apply to penalties and licence sanctions that apply for lower range drink driving offences, and for the offence of driving with the presence of an illicit drug. Find out more

  • Offence: First time lower range drink driving
    Penalty: On-the‐spot fine of $561 and immediately lose your licence, which will be suspended for 3 months.
  • Offence: First time driving with the presence of an illicit drug
    Penalty: Once the offence is confirmed by the laboratory, you will receive a fine of $561. Your licence will also be suspended for 3 months. Offenders will typically be notified via mail.

What’s your Plan B?

Northern Beaches Council is encouraging residents to plan ahead to get home safely after a night out – if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. Plan B is about making positive choices to get home safely after a night out, highlighting that driving is not an option. As part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, Plan B information will be provided to bottle shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs to discourage drink driving.

Ways to avoid drink driving.

  • Plan ahead and arrange other transport.
  • Share a taxi.
  • Catch a bus.
  • Crash on a friends couch.
  • Ride with a driver who has not been drinking or taking drugs.
  • Arrange for a friend or relative to give you a lift.

And don’t forget; getting back to zero might take all day. The only thing that will sober you up is time.

The best way to make sure you’re not tempted to drive after a few drinks is to leave your car at home.

Bicycle Safety 

In NSW bicycles are considered vehicles and can be ridden on most roads and in bus lanes.

Since July 2018, children under 16 years of age are allowed to ride on a footpath (increased from children under 12 years of age).

Allowing children under the age of 16 on the footpath will help keep them safe until they have the skills, decision making and knowledge of the rules to ride safely on the road.

An adult rider who is supervising a bicycle rider under 16 may also ride with the young rider on the footpath. Children aged 16 or 17 can ride on the footpath, when accompanied by a child under 16 and a supervising adult.

When riding on a footpath, riders must keep left and give way to pedestrians.

Shared paths and multi-use trails are used by both pedestrians and people riding bikes. 

Riding bikes safely on the Road

People riding bikes on the road are bound by the same road rules as drivers. 

Everyone riding a bike must wear an approved helmet too.

Keep up to date with changing road rules relating to bike riding and stay safe. 

On shared pathways keep to the left, give way to pedestrians, travel at a safe speed and give warning when approaching. See the on and off road cycle areas.

Council offers FREE bicycle workshops and activities throughout the year to promote bike riding. 

For information on the next Bicycle Safety Workshop search the event calendar or contact Council's road safety officers on 9976 1619 or email. Bookings are essential.

Vehicle Safety - Speeding

The number one cause of crashes on the Northern Beaches is speeding and it’s costing more than lives. Speed-related fatalities cost the community around $290 million each year.  The incidence of drivers exceeding the speed limit on the public road system particularly local roads often raises safety concerns in the local community. Drivers who speed are breaking the law and are increasing their risk of having a crash. The main method of discouraging speeding is through enforcement by the police. 

Slow Down In My Street

Council has been  encouraging drivers to slow down on local roads through the installation of temporary ‘Slow Down’ signs on selected streets. The aim of these signs is to remind and encourage drivers to slow down and not exceed the speed limit.

If you’d like to nominate your street for this project, please email our Road Safety Officers. 

Motorcycles

There are a disturbing number of motorcycle crashes on the Northern Beaches and statistics show most of these crashes involved residents.

Northern Beaches Council and the Road and Maritime Services (RMS) are urging motorcyclists to ride more safely. Speed at the time of a crash is a major factor, as is cornering. Of all motorcycle deaths in NSW, 51% occur on bends. Create space between your bike and other vehicles, and watch your speed. Scan for hazards to keep you safer. The RMS offers extensive advice on safe riding and safety gear.

Council offers motorcycle "CRASH" cards for motorcyclists. The CRASH cards offer safe riding tips, but more importantly they offer a way in which a rider can record medical details for emergency services in case a rider has an unscheduled dismount.

These cards are available from council by email or call 1300 434 434 for more information.

Pedestrian Safety

The ‘Distracted...? campaign aims to reduce pedestrian casualties. Stepping off the kerb, when our head-space is occupied with music and mobile phones, puts us at risk. The ‘Distracted...?’ campaign reminds us to take responsibility and curb our kerbside distractions.

Head up, phone down and never walk and text.