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SLOW DOWN on Local Roads Campaign

Driving just over the speed limit isn’t speeding right? Wrong. The set speed limit is the maximum speed vehicles can drive, with minimal risk of a fatal crash in good driving conditions.

Set speed limits factor in road infrastructure, vulnerable roads users as well as hazards that a vehicle could potentially run into.

Speeding is seen to be more socially acceptable than drink driving, even though it claims many more lives on our roads.

Last month Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien, joined forces with local businesses and police to run a ‘SLOW DOWN on local roads!’ competition in a bid to raise awareness on the issue of speeding in Warrumbungle Shire.

SLOW DOWN on local roads involved getting participants to sign a pledge to slow down on local roads and then they went into a draw to win a $500 fuel voucher.

The random prize draw occurred on Monday, 5 June by Inspector David Maher and Desmond O’Rourke as well as Amelia Riley were the two lucky winners who were drawn out.

Desmond’s reason to slow down was “to make roads safer for mine and other families” and Amelia’s reason was “Help prevent accidents”.

Other entrants had great reasons to slow down including ensuring the safety and survival of all, conserve fuel and reduce the chance of hitting a kangaroo.

“The aim of the SLOW DOWN on local roads competition is to get the community talking about it, and then getting important key messages across on the impact speeding has in our community,” said Ms O’Brien.

Speed is the biggest killer on NSW roads, causing about 40 per cent of road related deaths each year.

Drivers may feel that it's sometimes ok to speed because they're an experienced driver, and they feel in control. This logic ignores factors outside of the driver’s control, such as unpredictable driving behaviour from another driver.

According to Youth for Road Safety, if drivers cut their average speed by 5 percent, then the number of fatal crashes on our roads would be reduced by 30 percent.

Some simple practices drivers could apply to reduce the chances of speeding include:

  • Plan ahead, so that you’re not running late and feel the need to speed to get to a destination on time.

  • Set cruise control to the speed limit on flat and straight stretches of roads and slow down on the corners.

  • Slow down once you start to enter a town or built up area.

  • Treat the speed limit as if it is the maximum speed you can safely drive on the road.

  • If you have a manual, put it into third gear when driving in a speed zone of 50 kilometres per hour or less.

In NSW, road crashes are now estimated to be costing the economy more than $7 billion every year, with $3.5 billion of that used to treat almost 12,000 people in the state's hospitals.

However, the impact of a crash goes beyond an expensive cost as it also affects mental health and increases the number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in a community. A DALY is a societal measure of the number of life years lost due to a disability by comparing it to the current life expectancy of that community.

For more information on ‘SLOW DOWN on local roads!’ and other campaigns that Council’s Road Safety Officer is promoting, please email info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6849 2000.

 slow down on local roads campaign

 Senior Constable Rhys FAIRMAN and Senior Constable Kylie STREATER

With Warrumbungle Shire Council Road Safety Officer,  Cheyenne O’Brien.

 

 


Last Updated: 14 Jun 2017

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