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Slow Down in Our Streets

Speeding remains the greatest cause of death and injuries on our roads, contributing to about 40 per cent of road fatalities in NSW.  That is why Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien, is working on projects to raise awareness on the issue and encourage drivers to slow down in our streets.

In 2016, 157 people died in crashes involving speeding in NSW, either travelling above the speed limit or too fast for the conditions.  Thousands were injured, and will carry their injuries for life.

“The number of preventable fatalities and injuries on NSW roads is high, it would be unacceptable if there was the same number of casualties in a workplace and it should be seen in the same way on our roads by drivers,” said Ms Leeanne Ryan, Acting General Manager.

Drivers might feel that it's sometimes ok to speed because they're an experienced driver and they feel in control, but this ignores the many factors that are outside our control when driving.

When the unexpected happens on the road, the speed that you're travelling at matters.  'Just a bit over' can be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all.  If the worst happens and there is a crash, any extra speed means extra impact force and the human body can only tolerate so much before death or serious injury is all but inevitable.

Earlier this year a ‘Slow Down on Local Roads’ campaign was run in Warrumbungle Shire where 284 drivers wrote down their reasons for slowing down on the road.  The main reasons were to keep loved ones safe, keep other road users safe and to reduce the chance of a crash from an unexpected situation. 

“This shows that there is community support to encourage drivers to slow down in our streets and minimise the risk of a crash,” said Ms Leeanne Ryan, Acting General Manager.

The campaign also involved working with the local highway patrol to increase their activity in areas where speeding is an issue.

Traffic counters are put out around the Shire and provide data on the speeds that vehicles are travelling, the time of the day and the type of vehicle speeding.

“This information is then provided to highway patrol, so they have a better understanding on how they can reduce speed related crashes on our roads through enforcement,” said Ms Leeanne Ryan, Acting General Manager.

Transport for NSW is currently promoting a ‘Towards Zero’ campaign, with an aim to have zero deaths on NSW roads.

“We can play our part for working ‘Towards Zero’ by simply driving at the speed limit, or the appropriate speed for the environmental conditions,” said Ms Leeanne Ryan, Acting General Manager.

For more information about this campaign please contact Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Ms Cheyenne O’Brien, on (02) 6849 2000 or email info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au.

Slow Down in my Street - RSO

Last Updated: 26 Oct 2017