Ten thousand signatures needed to put road safety first

NRMA Motoring & Services and the Police Association of NSW are calling on motorists across the state to sign a petition to get the NSW Government to put all revenue raised from speed cameras back into funding road safety measures.

NRMA Director Graham Blight said the NRMA would need at least 10,000 signatures so that the issue of directly linking speed camera revenue to road safety funding – known as hypothecation – is debated in Parliament.

“For years we’ve been calling for the revenue raised from traffic fines, in particular enforcement cameras, to be hypothecated to specific road safety measures such as funding road improvements, road safety education and more highway patrols across the state,” Mr Blight said.

“We want the NSW Government in its first term to legislate the hypothecation of the more than $140 million collected by speed cameras each year. The best way to make this happen is to get the 10,000 signatures we need to get this issue debated by Parliament.

“If the Government is serious about reducing the road toll then there is no reason why this revenue can’t be used as extra funding for road safety.”

The NRMA is proposing an independent panel of experts be brought together including the NRMA and the NSW Police Association to ensure that the hypothecation of traffic fine revenue is adequately allocated and expended on road safety measures and that this information is made publicly available.

“We also want the NSW Government to commit to an annual audit of all camera sites across the state to ensure they are only used in places where they make the roads safer,” Mr Blight said.

Black spot project on Wyalong road

The Lachlan Shire Council has recently announced it is anticipating the approval of a $350,000 grant under the NSW Blackspot Program to address safety concerns on the Wyalong Road.

The grant will be combined with $400,000 of funding as part of the RTA Repair Program which council must meet dollar for dollar.

If council is successful with these grant applications it will mean $1,150,000 will be made available for road works on particularly dangerous stretches of road throughout the shire in the 2011/2012 financial year.

Director of Technical Services at the shire, Kevin Smith, said the Wyalong Road’s narrow nature and restricted visibility had caused a number of accidents over recent years.

“Council is currently waiting for the state minister to advise if we’ve been successful in applying for the grant, however we’re very hopeful and news from the minister is imminent,” he said.

“The project will entail road widening on the Wyalong Road and additional monies being used for work on all regional roads within the shire.

“This will improve safety significantly; particularly when trucks and buses pass each other.

“Sometimes these vehicles must go on to the gravel to pass each other.

“Council has also received a number of complaints from visitors with caravans.

“The safety of this road is an issue which has been raised by members of the community for a significant amount of time.”

Speed limit on Newell Highway to be reinstated

Sections of the Newell Highway will have a 110km/h speed limit reinstated from 31 July 2011.

The speed limit was reduced on the highway in December 2009.

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said the speed limit reduction in 2009 was largely criticised by motorists who use the road regularly.

“Since 2009, a range of initiatives have been implemented to help increase safety and reduce crashes on this link between Victoria and Queensland,” he said.

“These include major upgrades of the Newell Highway where it intersects with the Sturt Highway, Tallimba Road, the Castlereagh Highway and Oxley Highway.

“About 30 intersections have been upgraded in the past two years.

“Work is being carried out to ensure there is a six metre clear zone on each side of straight lengths of the highway and a 10 metre clear zone on the outside of bends. Where this is not possible, wire rope barriers are being installed.

“More than 800 kilometres of the 1060 kilometre Newell Highway currently has a speed limit of 100km/h.

“The RTA has been working on a strategy to allow the 110km/h speed limit to be reinstated along the majority of the highway.

“To ensure the community is aware of the changes, a communication campaign will start the last week of July.

“This will include radio and newspaper advertising. Local stakeholders, members of the heavy vehicle industry, emergency services and bus and coach operators will be mailed information,” Mr Humphries said.

The 100km/h speed limit will remain:

•Between Tooraweenah and Coonabarabran

•From Coonabarabran to north of the intersection with the Oxley Highway

•Sections between Jerilderie and Finley

•Sections between Finley and Tocumwal and

From Boggabilla to the Queensland border

• The lengths between Tooraweenah and •Coonabarabran and Coonabarabran to north of the intersection of the Oxley Highway were 100km/h before the speed reduction in December 2009.

Free Cuppa for the Driver campaign shifts up a gear

By Dominic Geiger

The success of the ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ campaign will see the initiative expand well beyond the borders of Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires when it is reintroduced in Easter next year.

The campaign, which was first run last Christmas holidays, invites participating businesses to offer free cups of coffee or tea to drivers passing through town with the aim of combating driver fatigue in rural areas.

Speaking at the recent Lachlan Shire Council meeting, Road Safety Officer for the Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires, Melanie Suitor, said businesses as far north as Moree would now be asked to participate.

“It was an interesting campaign and we learnt a lot from it,” she said.

“We had about 75 people who took part in the project fill out feedback forms and who also went into the draw to win various prizes.

“The feedback we received from businesses was that summer was too hot for people to want coffee or tea, so that’s why we’ve moved it to the Easter holidays this time.”

Melanie said the campaign also offered businesses a chance to promote themselves.

“We’ll be creating posters and stickers as well as erecting banners at the entrances to towns to help raise awareness about the scheme,” she said.

“We’ll also cross promote towns through tourism information centres and caravan parks.”

In Condobolin, approximately five businesses took part in the campaign last Christmas.

Angela Coceancic, from participating business Nolls Bakery, said she found very few people actually asked for the free cuppa, despite having promotional posters on the windows of the bakery.

“We found we offered the drinks more often than the customers asked for them,” she said.

“People were very appreciative, but it seems if people actually want coffee, they’re going to pay for it rather than be looking for something for free.”

Tackling speeding issues

Essential Energy crews from across the Parkes, Forbes, Lachlan, Orange and Cabonne local government areas are the first in the region to participate in a new road safety workshop tackling speed on the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways.

The workshops are one of the key strategies of the regional ‘Like the back of your hand’ project which was launched in Manildra in June.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says the workshops were designed to provide important information about the dangers of speeding.

“We are really pleased that Essential Energy is the first business in the region to sign up their employees for these free road safety workshops.

“Workshops will be conducted with Essential Energy employees at Orange, Canowindra, Molong, Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Peak Hill, Tottenham, Trundle and Lake Cargelligo depots.

“In the past five years there have been nearly 150 crashes on the road between Condobolin, Parkes and Orange. Six people have been killed and 60 have been injured. The majority of drivers who crashed were local residents or lived in a neighbouring town. All of the crashes had speed listed as a contributing factor.

“These interactive workshops outline the various issues associated with speeding which impact on all drivers who use the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways. The workshop runs for about 30 minutes and participants are encouraged to complete a quiz which enters them into the draw for a $50 fuel voucher and gives us feedback on what they learnt.

“A copy of all workshop materials will be provided to participating business for use in future staff training and staff inductions.

“We have sent invitations to the larger businesses in the local community to also take part in the workshops. If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to host a workshop at your business please contact me on 6861 2364,” Ms Suitor said.

Essential Energy’s regional general manager, Central Western, Chas MacPhail said Essential Energy is a strong supporter of the Like the back of your hand program and was happy for the regions depot crews to participate in the road safety workshops.

“Essential Energy covers 95% of New South Wales and has over 4000 employees which results in quite a large fleet that last year alone travelled approximately 7 million kilometers, some of that on the Henry Parkes and Escort ways.

“Essential Energy’s number one priority is safety – safety of the public, our employees and the network – so involving our employees in these workshops enhances our already very strong safety culture,” Mr McPhail said.

Other project strategies include; the use of courtesy speed monitor trailers, radio advertising, a radio competition, the distribution of brochures/posters to doctor’s surgeries, roadside banners and regular media coverage.

The Like the back of your hand project is a collaboration between five regional councils along or bordering the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways, including Orange City Council, Cabonne Shire Council, Parkes Shire Council, Forbes Shire Council and Lachlan Shire Council.

Roundabout confusion in Condobolin

Compiled by Dominic Geiger

Last week’s vehicle collision at a Condobolin roundabout has highlighted a disturbing trend amongst Lachlan Shire motorists.

Many of us don’t know how to navigate roundabouts correctly.

Melanie Suitor, Road Safety & Injury Prevention Officer for Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires, said many people in the region are unclear about how to drive through roundabouts.

“In particular, [people are confused about] how we should indicate and who has right of way,” she said.

Tarmia Healey, who works at Shell Service Station in Condobolin, said she often saw people drive through the service station to avoid the roundabout altogether.

“They come flying through [the car park] just so they don’t have to use the roundabout,” she said.

Kellie Mooney, who also works at Shell Condobolin, said she found it extremely dangerous when driving through roundabouts in town.

“Nobody seems to know the rules,” she said.

“I admit I’m probably one of the worst offenders though.

“They seem to nearly cause accidents everyday; kids also play on it and use it like a skatepark.”

Melanie Suitor said the confusion was understandable considering roundabout rules had changed over the past decade.

“Remember [when approaching] a roundabout: slow down, give way and indicate,” she said.

“Approach a roundabout with care.

“Slow down and be ready to give way to traffic already on the roundabout if there is any risk of collision.

“Enter the roundabout only if there is a safe gap in the traffic and show courtesy to others that have been waiting longer.

“Don’t forget to indicate as you are exiting the roundabout.

“Be aware of other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists when using a roundabout and remember the road is there to share.”

 

A new road safety project launched

Kevin Smith (LSC), Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan (Orange City and Cabonne Shire), Cr. Ian Gosper (Cabonne), Jenny Short ( RTA), Karen Boyde (Orange CC), Maureen Horth (Orange CC), Melanie Suitor (Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils), Superintendent Bob Ryan (LAC - NSW Police) and Cr. George Pratt (Parkes SC).

Like the back of your hand…

There’s an old saying ‘I know this road like the back of my hand.’  For many of us who travel to Orange regularly – it’s true.  But that’s where the problems can begin; it’s easy to go over the speed limit, easy to get distracted & easy to make mistakes.
In the past five years there have been nearly 150 crashes on the road between Condobolin, Parkes and Orange.  Six people have been killed and 60 have been injured.  The majority of drivers who crashed were local residents or lived in a neighbouring town.
These statistics have prompted a new $20,000 road safety campaign, called ‘Like the back of your hand’, which targets local drivers on the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways, and will be launched in Manildra this week.
The project is a collaboration between five regional councils along or bordering the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways, including Orange City Council, Cabonne Shire Council, Parkes Shire Council, Forbes Shire Council and Lachlan Shire Council.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor said speed was identified as the major contributing factor in all of the crashes.
“We recently conducted speed surveys at five locations along the Henry Parkes and Escort Ways.  The results of the surveys showed that 79% of motorists were travelling faster than the posted 100km/h speed limit.
“This project aims to decrease travel speeds along the road from Condobolin to Orange and also increase awareness about the dangers and consequences of speeding,”
“Crash data identified two particular groups who travelled the road at different times of the day.”
“We identified people who travel during work hours as part of their job or daily commute and people accessing medical services in Orange as groups at risk.” she said.
“In order to target these road users we will be working with employers and medical practitioners.
“A radio campaign featuring local surgeon Dr Henry Hook will spearhead the campaign targeted at people accessing medical services in Orange.
“Medical appointment checklists and further information will be distributed through doctor’s surgeries, community health centres, dentists, hospitals and the like throughout the five council areas.”
There will also be a period of Police enforcement.
“There will be extra Police patrols along the road between Orange and Condobolin targeting speeding drivers.
“We are asking local drivers to please slow down and concentrate,” Ms Suitor said.
The project will run until the end of August and is an initiative of the Local Government Road Safety Program.

 

Watch out, animals about!

An RTA spokesperson has announced the launch of a radio safety campaign to help increase awareness among rural motorists about the dangers animals on the road can present.
“While most crashes involving animals are minor, in the past five years there were 967 crashes on western NSW roads involving an animal where someone was killed or injured, or a vehicle was so badly damaged it had to be towed,” an RTA spokesperson said.
“One in five crashes on rural roads involves an animal, and not just wild animals, straying stock like cattle and sheep, also present a risk to motorists.
“Crashes involving animals are on the rise because of the large amount of food available next to roads.
“Also, as winter approaches the days are becoming shorter, so there are more drivers on the road during the high risk times of dusk and dawn.
“This is when native animals are most active and when the safety campaign will air on local radio stations. The advertisements aim to alert motorist to the risks and remind them to take extra care.”
“Motorists should be on the lookout for animals on rural roads especially if there are animal warning signs displayed in the area.
“Reduce your speed – you’ll have more time to see and respond to an animal on the road if you are travelling slower. If a crash does occur, it will be less severe.
“Finally, remember that swerving may result in you losing control of your vehicle.
“If a motorist swerves the vehicle can veer into the path of another vehicle or run off the road.
“Injured native wildlife can be reported to Wires on 1800 641 188,” the spokesperson said.
Radio advertising will be heard until the end of June on various radio stations in the west of the state.

Safety training DVD for Currajong Disability

Left: Crossing safely - John Dwyer, Timbo Wheeler and Bonita Brady • Right: Melanie Suitor with Currajong Disability services providers and the camera crew. DG

By Dominic Geiger

Clients at Currajong Disability Service are starring in an innovative local road safety training DVD aimed at reinforcing safe behaviour when crossing the road.
Michelle Mahlo, Day Programs Coordinator from Currajong Disability Service, says the development of the training DVD has been made possible through grant funding from NRMA and the assistance of Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils.
“This training DVD aims to educate our clients on the basic pedestrian safety principle – STOP. LOOK. LISTEN and THINK.
“Over the past few months our clients have enjoyed starring in the training DVD, which is being filmed at various locations in Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin.
“The training DVD is aimed specifically at our clients and the benefit of filming locally is that they will recognise all of the places shown,” Ms Mahlo said.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says the training DVD will be a valuable training resource that Currajong Disability Service’s clients will understand and relate to.
“I’ve been conducting road safety and specifically pedestrian safety programs with Currajong Disability Services’ clients since 2003.
“The training DVD will really enhance these programs by visually showing clients the correct and safe road crossing behaviour at places that they know and use regularly.
“The training DVD explains the STOP. LOOK. LISTEN and THINK message and shows clients and a support worker crossing the road at pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuges, traffic lights, at bus stops, using railway crossings and more,” Ms Suitor said.
The training DVD will be used regularly to support Currajong’s Disability community access programs and educational/community programs. It will also be made available to other local disability services in the region.
“Once all the filming and editing is complete there will be an official premier with local stakeholders to celebrate all the hard work,” Ms Suitor said.
For further information please contact:
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, on (02) 6861 2364 or
Currajong Disability Services’ Day Programs Coordinator, Michelle Mahlo, on (02) 6863 4713.

Helping learner drivers become safer drivers

Free two hour workshop for Condobolin

A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held at the Lachlan Shire Council offices in Condobolin on Wednesday 4th May.
The free two hour workshop, Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Lachlan Shire Council’s Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, who is presenting the workshop says it is well worth attending.
Mel Suitor showing how to correctly display an L plate“Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer.  That is why Lachlan Shire Council have teamed up with the RTA  to hold these FREE two hour workshops to offer practical advice to parents and supervisors on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers.
“The workshop covers topics such as; the new license  conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, how to use the Learner Driver Logbook, the benefits of on-road driving sessions and tips on supervising a learner driver.
“Parents and supervisors who have attended this workshop in the past have found that it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors,” Ms Suitor said.
Condobolin’s Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshop will be held at the Lachlan Shire Council offices on Wednesday 4th May commencing at 6pm.
Light refreshments will be available during the workshop.
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Ms Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.
For further information please call Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, on (02) 6861 2364.

A word on safety from the horses mouth

By Olivia McInnes

As an incorrigible horse enthusiast myself, and one which is regularly out and about on the roads of Condobolin, it has been brought to my attention that there needs to be a reinforcement of safety precautions in our community.
Some people will slow down, and some won’t. Some will speed past you smiling and waving wildly as your horse throws itself into a hysterical panic attack, while others will speed past and pretend not to see you at all. The fact is, any kind of speeding past a horse on a road is an accident waiting to happen in which someone could get seriously injured or even killed.
Horses, as most know, are unpredictable creatures which possess a natural instinct of ‘fight or flight’. This means that when one becomes frightened or suddenly unsure of its surroundings, it will choose to either fight whatever confronts it, or (and more commonly) to get away from the situation at whatever cost. Even if it’s attempts at fleeing lands it in the path of a speeding car.
Some readers are probably at this point thinking, well why don’t these horse people just stay off the road? Well, for the most part I and others are more than happy to. However, with pony club season beginning again, there will be an unavoidable increased number of horse riders on our public roads.
The RTA road users hand book specifies the following in regards to sharing the roads with horse riders; Horse riders and horse drawn vehicles also have rights to share our roads. Watch out for ridden, driven or led horses. When you come across horse traffic remember:
• Horses can be unpredictable so slow down and give them plenty of room.
• Never sound your horn, rev your engine or pass a horse at high speed.
• Slow down or stop if a rider is having difficulty with a horse.
These guidelines apply also when you encounter a horse rider crossing a bridge. Instead of trying to squeeze your vehicle past the horse at breakneck speed, please wait at the foot of the bridge until the horse is safely across the bridge. Generally we horse people are an obliging breed and won’t hold you up unnecessarily.
State regulations stipulate that it is a ticketable offence for a driver not to slow down when passing a horse on a public road. It is also law that upon encountering a horse rider crossing a bridge that a driver stop and wait at the foot of the bridge until the horse is safely across it. Fines apply to motorists who fail to do so. In addition to this, horse riders who encounter any motorists behaving irresponsibly are encouraged to report the driver’s registration number to the police.
On the other hand however, there are also some precautions that horse riders must take to maximize their safety on public roads. Firstly the rider must determine whether they are capable of controlling a horse on the road. It is difficult for an inexperienced rider to see the dangers and also understand their own skill limitations.
Where possible keep off the road and road shoulder by riding on the verges. If you do need to ride on the road itself, ride on the left side with the flow of traffic.
Always listen for approaching traffic and constantly visually scan the surrounds, noting what is coming from all directions which may potentially upset the horse. Not only large, loud and fast approaching traffic, but obstacles and other animals can unsettle even the quietest of horses.

Safety bells ring for Bells Line of Road

By Dominic Geiger

The NRMA has labelled The Bells Line of Road, which is often used as a means for Lachlan Shire residents to travel to Sydney, as the most dangerous road in the state.
The Bells Line Express Chairman, Ian Armstrong, said the road rated the worst in NSW when the number of accidents, injuries and deaths occurring on the road was compared to the number of vehicles travelling per square kilometre.
“The reason for this is basically the structure of the road,” he said.
“It was built by convicts over 180 years ago and follows the alignment of the mountains.
“The road is incredibly narrow in parts and there are a number of short sharp bends; you can even see the damage done to guard rails on the side of the road from previous accidents.”
Mr Armstrong said a four lane highway which might use part of the existing Bells Line of Road corridor was currently being promoted as a way to divert traffic off the existing treacherous route.
“The Bells Line of Road route will be kept as it is to service the towns in that area,” he said.
“There have been two proposed alternative routes for the highway, with another one currently being formulated by the RTA which will follow a more southerly route.”
Graham Blight, NRMA Director for Western NSW, said although there would be many people opposed to the idea of a new highway being built it was ultimately necessary for the economic prosperity of the state.
“Western Sydney is getting clogged up,” he said.
“There will be minor repairs done to the Bells Line of Road… we urgently need this highway corridor to be preserved.
“There is a fundamental interest for Sydney and western NSW to ensure there is a commercial life saving road built linking the two areas of the state.”
Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, said the enormous amount of environmental feasibility studies, property acquisition, and construction work required for the proposed highway meant it would not be economically productive.
“It would be more beneficial to give the 80,000 families of the Central West $40,000 each,” he said.
“It will create a massive swath of destruction through the World Heritage Blue Mountains; it’s a ridiculous idea.”

‘Barricking’ for defensive drivers

Encouraging the Barrick Cowal Gold Mine ethos of safety CHS students participated in a defensive driving course pictured here with Barrick Cowal Community Relations Officer Karen Worthington, Sergeant Peter Gibson and Motor School Instructor Daryl CullenBy Sally Willoughby
Students from Condobolin High School participated in an advanced driving course sponsored by Barrick Cowal Gold Mine last Thursday and Friday teaching students defensive driving and skills awareness in the theoretical and practical course.
Professional drivers from ‘Motor School’ Daryl Cullen and Ted Looi led students through a range of activities including emergent braking, hazard avoidance and overall road rules.
Barrick Cowal Community Relations Manager Richard Savage said the program was a community safety program initiated by the mine to support young drivers in the community to further develop their driving skills.
“While the course is goodfun for the students they also develop an appreciation that driving a vehicle can be hazardous and knowing how to handle a vehicle in an emergency situation could save their lives,” Richard said.
Condobolin Sergeant Peter Gibson said the course was an important initiative at making young drivers aware of the risks involved with driving and keeping themselves and everyone else on the road safe.
With the 17 to 25 age bracket proving the most dangerous and fatal for drivers on the road, the course also included taking students through exercises showing skid control, road positioning and vehicle inspection, maintenance and driver responsibility.
Barrick Cowal has provided defensive driver training to seventy-nine learner drivers over two years and includes a partnership with Condobolin Police and Road Safety Officers Bruce Barrett and Melanie Suitor who provided information packs for the drivers.

Bells Line Express Group

Bells Line Express Group Chairman, Ian Armstrong, calls on local business and residents to have their voices heard at the upcoming community forums hosted by the RTA to discuss the strategic corridor plan.
“I urge every person and business wanting this road as a matter of urgency to attend one or more of these meetings.”
“The only meetings being held west of the Blue Mountains are in Orange on Tuesday 23 November at the Senior Citizens & Pensioners Centre, 77 kite street at 2 p.m.  This in itself is an insult to the many businesses and communities that desperately need this road to be built to open up business, tourism and community growth. Now is the time for us to have our voices heard.”

New teeth bite into local school zones

‘Dragon’s teeth’ have recently been installed on the entry points of all of the 40km/h school zones across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas.
The Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says that ‘dragon’s teeth’ increase the visibility of school zones for motorists.
“’Dragon’s teeth’ are white triangular markings that are painted on the road surface at the entry to 40km/h school zones across the State.
“The NSW Government announced the rollout of ‘dragon’s teeth’ in all of the State’s 10,000 school zones in May 2009.
Dragons Teeth will lead into 40km/h school zones across the Lachlan ShireThe ‘dragon’s teeth’ have recently been installed across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas and are expected to be installed in all school zones  across the State by the end of the year.
“’Dragon’s teeth’ provide a constant reinforcement to slow down to 40km/h around schools between 8am – 9.30am and from 2.30pm – 4pm.
“The installation of ‘dragon’s teeth’ is not new to road safety.
These markings are already used internationally to alert drivers they are entering a school zone and remind them to slow down,” Ms Suitor said.
The ‘dragon’s teeth’ are 35 metres long and combined with school zone signs, flashing lights (where installed) and speed limit markings on the roadway, drivers will have no doubt they are travelling in a school zone.
“Children are not always capable of judging how fast a vehicle is travelling, so it is important that motorists slow down in school zones.  ‘Dragon’s teeth’ will assist with this,” Ms Suitor said.
Penalties for speeding in a school zone range from $141 and two demerit points to $1,859 and seven demerit points depending on how fast you are driving.
Police  are also reminding motorists that now that schools have returned for another term they will be enforcing the 40km/h school zone speed limit.
For further information please contact Parkes Shire Council’s Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, on (02) 6861 2364.

Mock car crash demonstration

Mock Car Crash demonstration in ParkesYear 10 students from eight high schools across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas will converge on Parkes PCYC today Wednesday June 30th to see a mock car crash demonstration as part of the new look NOT A STATISTIC! Youth Driver Education Program.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says the new look program was piloted with students from Parkes High School last year with much success.
“We decided to expand the program this year and offer it to students across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas.  A big thankyou to Barrick Cowal and NorthParkes Mines who have come onboard to assist with funding for the buses so students outside of Parkes can attend the mock car crash demonstration at Parkes PCYC for free.
“Students are in for a very realistic show.  We are hoping it will make an impact on the audience and potentially save a life.  Hence the program’s name is NOT A STATISTIC!” Ms Suitor said.
The program has been developed in response to crash data that shows young drivers are over-represented in road crashes across the state.  In NSW people under the age of 25 hold around 16% of licenses but are involved in around 32% of crashes.
The purpose of the program is to try to turn the figures around by educating young drivers about the causes of crashes and what really happens at crash scenes, with the intention of changing the driving attitudes and behaviours of participants.
The demonstration commences with a short film that sets the scene prior to the crash occurring.  Then the mock car crash demonstration will begin.  There will be a full emergency response involving NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and Parkes SES.
Over the past few weeks, Ms Suitor and Lachlan Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable James Dolbel, have been conducting the pre classroom lessons with students at the participating high schools.  The lesson involves a short road safety presentation, an interactive team road safety game and the opportunity to try out some beer goggles to see how alcohol affects the body and why it is so dangerous when mixed with driving.
For further information please contact Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, on (02) 6861 2364.
• Pictured: At the dress rehearsal for the upcoming mock car crash demonstration are (left to right): Senior Constable Maureen Leonard (NSW Police), Angie Fanello (playing the role of Amanda), Nigel Thomas (Lachlan District Zone Manager – NSW Ambulance) and Tayla Smith (playing the role of Stacey).

Free workshop for Tottenham parents

There will be a workshop in Tottenham for learner drivers and their parentsA free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held at Tottenham Central School on Wednesday 16th June.
The free two hour workshop, Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, who is presenting the workshop says it is well worth attending.
“Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer.  That is why Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils have teamed up with the RTA  to hold these FREE two hour workshops to offer practical advice to parents and supervisors on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers.
“The workshop covers topics such as; the new license conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, how to use the Learner Driver Logbook, the benefits of on-road driving sessions and tips on supervising a learner driver.
“Parents and supervisors who have attended this workshop in the past have found that it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors.
“I’m planning to roll out a series of these Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas throughout June,” Ms Suitor said.
Tottenham’s Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshop will be held at Tottenham Central School on Wednesday 16th June commencing at 6pm.
Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the workshop.
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Ms Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.
For further information please call Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, on (02) 6861 2364.

Helping learner drivers become safer drivers

A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held at the Council Chambers in Condobolin on Wednesday 26 May.
The free two hour workshop, Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Lachlan Shire Council’s Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says the workshops are valuable.
“Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer.  That is why Lachlan Shire Council have teamed up with the RTA  to hold these free two hour workshops to offer practical advice to parents and supervisors on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers.
“The workshop covers topics such as; the new license conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, how to use the Learner Driver Logbook, the benefits of on-road driving sessions and tips on supervising a learner driver,” Ms Suitor said.
Condobolin’s Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshop will be held at the Council Chambers in Condobolin on Wednesday 26 May commencing at 6pm.
Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the workshop.
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Ms Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.

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