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Road and Pedestrian Safety

What is Road Safety about?

Warrumbungle Shire Council is committed to reducing road trauma and the number of road crashes, through implementing Road Safety Strategic Plans. According to NSW Centre for Road Safety, from 2010-2014 there were 334 known crashes and 250 casualties within the Warrumbungle Shire.

The Council is a member of the Local Government Road Safety Program, which involves working with Roads and Maritime Services as well as key community road safety stakeholders within the Shire. The Local Government Road Safety Program targets behavioural as well as engineering issues that affect road safety in Local Government areas. The Warrumbungle Shire Council Road Safety Officer addresses issues that are impacting the Shire’s travelling Community, through implementing Road Safety Strategic Plans as well as the Local Government Road Safety Program.

Speeding, Drink Driving and Fatigue are the three biggest causes of death and injury in NSW and the Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer will be targeting these causes in combination with local issues to reduce road trauma in the Shire.

 

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Useful links related to road safety are below:

Live Traffic NSW  

Roads and Maritime Services   

NSW Centre for Road Safety    

The Motor Accidents Authority   

NRMA 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia  

 

Need to fit a child seat?

Learn a handy tip on tightening a Child Car Seat from our Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O'Brien by viewing our You Tube video.

For more information on Child Car Seats and to find an Authorised RMS Child Car Seat Fitter, visit the Child Care Seats website .

 

Road Safety in the Wet

Council is urging all drivers to take extra care on roads during wet weather. The Warrumbungle Shire Council Road Operations team place hazard and warning signs near flood ways and causeways that have water over the road within the Shire, however motorists are reminded to drive to the road conditions.

During wet weather water can quickly cover the road, especially in causeways, and drivers need to be prepared for the potential of water on the road ahead. To minimise the risk of suddenly being caught in water that is covering the road, drivers need to drive at an appropriate speed, and to keep under the speed limit. Drivers should also travel four seconds behind the vehicle in front, to avoid a collision with sudden breaking.

Vehicles should travel at a speed of 30-40 Kilometres an hour when driving through puddles or water on the road. If the water is flowing across the road, drivers should stop and check the depth of the water and only travel through if the water depth is lower than the lowest point of the wheel rim.

In wet and overcast conditions, drivers are encouraged to use headlights on low beam to improve the visibility of their vehicle by other road users.

All drivers are urged to avoid the weirs at Namoi and Horsley Street in Coonabarabran during or just after wet weather as water can quickly rise at these two points and flood the road. The Over Dimension route via Namoi Street may also temporarily be restricted to Heavy Vehicles only, or closed, pending water depth across the causeway.

Visit the RMS Geared web page for useful tips on road safety in the wet, or Tips for Driving in the Rain with the NRMA.

 

Contact our Road Safety Officer

Cheyenne O'Brien
Phone: (02) 6849 2000
Email: Cheyenne.O’Brien@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au

Cheyenne OBrien RSO

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016