Current road safety happenings at WALGA – March 2015

Posted on: Friday, 13 March 2015 at 12:00:00 AM

Current road safety happenings at WALGA – March 2015

WALGA, from the central office, is involved in discussions and planning for the next State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement which distributes a portion of vehicle licence fees to Local Governments to assist in maintaining 126,000kms of the State’s road network and at the national level, involved recently in a steering group workshop for the Austroads project ST1769 Safe System Roads for Local Government.

To better support and monitor the community road safety network, WALGA is currently developing: a customised database which is being tested in preparation for implementation from June; strategies to progress survey recommendations to enhance the level of capacity within the community road safety network; campaign materials and communications tools to assist Local Governments, RoadWise Committees and other organisations across the state with Blessing of the Roads (Easter road safety campaign)events; methods to capture and quantify the financial and in-kind contributions from Local Government and others to the community road safety network; and preparing the delivery of a Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitter’s training course in Geraldton to increase the availability of regional fitting services.  

From the regions, just a small sample of the current activities is included:

  • In the Gascoyne region, the Shire of Carnarvon’s RoadWise Working Group is running a cycle safety campaign.
  • Leading up to Easter, local road safety committees in the Goldfields-Esperance region are planning Blessing of the Roads events in Kalgoorlie, Norseman and Esperance, along with free child car restraint checking (supported by a RAC grant) in Kalgoorlie and a Driver Reviver operation in Esperance.
  • In the Great Southern region the Albany and Denmark RoadWise Committees are preparing theEaster Fatigue Road Stopswhich involveworking with a range of stakeholders to provide fatigue management for people travelling long distances over the long weekend.
  • RoadWise Committees in the Kimberley region are promoting and distributing the updated Driving the Gibb River guide (sponsored by the partner organisations/agencies) which provides advice to motorists on planning for and travelling safely on roads in the Kimberley region.
  • This month child car restraints displays and checking stations feature in the Metro North region. Free checking stations are being hosted by the Cities of Stirling (especially for people with a non-english speaking background), Swan and Wanneroo, while the Shire of  Peppermint Grove and Towns of Cambridge, Cottesloe and Mosman Park are conducting displays to promote the correct use of child car restraints in their communities.
  • In the Metro South region the City of Melville’s Road Safety and Travel Smart Committee and the City of Rockingham’s RoadWise Committee are developing awareness campaigns addressing vulnerable road users, while the Metro South RoadWise Technical Group is working the concept of buffer zones for cyclists and the Armadale RoadWise Committee and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale are planning their Blessing of the Roads events with a focus on sharing the roads.
  • A Simulated Crash Day (in Morawa) and a Road Trauma Day (in Kalbarri) are being conducted by RoadWise Committees in the Mid West region, where the local emergency services are involved in presenting, to local youth, the many aspects and impact of road trauma.
  • In the Pilbara region, the Town of Port Hedland’s RoadWise Group and Shire of Ashburton’s Onslow Road User Group are undertaking reviews of the local road network to investigate speeding hot spots and hazards identified and reported by community members.
  • Expanding on the success of the City of Bunbury and Shire of Dardanup’s M8 the call can W8 project, other RoadWise Committees in the South West region are now preparing to implement the campaign to raise awareness of avoiding driver distraction associated with mobile phone use.
  • The Toodyay RoadWise Committee is currently promoting the Skipper Program (designated driver program to reduce drink driving) to local licensed premises, actively promoting the use of public transport (the Avonlink), planning for a road safety promotion at the Moondyne Festival in May and supporting a radio promotion. Also in the Wheatbelt North, the Northam RoadWise Committee is working with the Shire of York and other organisations to conduct a community safety day over the Easter weekend and sourcing funding for a Slow Down Enjoy the Ride urban art project, while volunteers prepare to operate the Driver Reviver sites in Dalwallinu, Southern Cross, Gingin and Jurien Bay.  
  • In the Wheatbelt South region, the Regional Road Group is working with the Road Safety Advisor to have two crash display trailers built (with funding contributions from the member Local Governments) to provide a shared-resource for promoting road safety messages at local events and locations throughout the region.

To find out more about what's happening in your region. please contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.

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