KIM SCHULTZ – Road Safety Officer

Introducing Kim Schultz as our newly appointed Road Safety Officer for the Greater Hume Shire Council and the Lockhart Shire Council.

Kim has been involved with Road and Driver Safety for 16 years, delivering advanced and 4x4 driving programs to Queensland and Tasmanian emergency services, the mining industry and many organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Kim is committed to continuing the great work Shelagh Merlin our previous Road Safety Officer introduced.

Kim is based at Lockhart one day a week. 

Kim's role is to work with the Councils and local communities to address behavioural road safety issues involving motorists through various media and educational campaigns.  These issues include speed, fatigue, occupant restraints (seatbelt and child restraints) and alcohol.

Kim works closely with local traffic engineers and traffic committees, Police, Roads & Maritime, NSW Community Health, other stakeholder groups, and the wider local community to address these road safety issues within the Council areas.

The Road Safety Officer position is jointly funded on a 50-50 basis by the Councils and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

If you would like any further information about road safety issues in the Lockhart community, please contact Kim at Lockhart Shire Council on 02 6920 5305 or 0427 224 764.

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers

A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held by the Roads and Maritime Services in conjunction with Greater Hume Shire and Lockhart Shire Councils at the Henty Library on 22 March 2017 at 5.30pm.

Media-Release-HLDBSD-March-2017.pdf

LEARNER DRIVER WORKSHOP DATES

Driver Fatigue

Before you drive:

Get a good night’s sleep

Avoid driving at night when your body will naturally want to sleep

Arrange to share the driving

Avoid long drives after work

Plan to take regular breaks from driving (use rest areas)

Catch a cab or public transport instead

Ask someone for a lift

Find out if any medicine you are taking may affect your driving

Know what the early warning signs of fatigue are

If you feel tired when driving:

Pull over for a break in a safe place

Pull over for a nap (20 minutes works best)

Swap drivers if you can

Stop for a coffee if you’re on a short drive, although the effects of caffeine won't help for long and won't work for everyone. Caffeine is not suitable for some people and can be harmful. Limits on the daily consumption of caffeine are recommended.

Even if you don’t feel tired, take regular breaks to avoid becoming tired

Sleep is only cure

Remember that sleep is the only way to overcome tiredness.

The Science of sleep explains how circadian rhythms, sleep debt and sleep inertia affect your ability to drive.

Stay Safe Around Schools


School Buses

There is a 40km/h speed limit for traffic passing a school bus that is setting down or picking up school children. This speed limit is for all traffic travelling in the same direction as the bus, whether the bus is stationary or moving.

Children’s crossings

Parents should ensure that their child always uses the school crossing as this is the safest point of entry to the school.

Where there is a school crossing supervisor at a school crossing, pedestrians must wait on the footpath, at least one step back from the edge of the road, until the school crossing supervisor indicates that it is safe to cross.

Drivers must not proceed until the crossing supervisor’s hand-held sign is no longer displayed, or until the crossing supervisor indicates that the motorist may proceed through the crossing.

At an unsupervised children’s crossing when ‘CHILDREN CROSSING’ flags are displayed, drivers must stop at the white line if pedestrians are waiting to cross at the crossing. Drivers must remain stationary until the crossing is completely clear of pedestrians. A children’s crossing is a part‑time crossing that operates before and after school hours, and at times when children are using the crossing, such as for excursions or during lunchtimes.

40 kmh school zones

Most 40km/h school zones operate between 8am and 9.30am and from 2.30pm till 4pm. The 40km/h school zone speed limit must be observed even if school children cannot be seen.

A 40km/h school zone operates on all gazetted school days including staff development days (pupil free days).

While some schools may operate on different term dates, school zone speed limits must be adhered to during NSW Government determined school terms.


Road Safety Action Plan

Lockhart Shire, Greater Hume Shire and Urana Shire Councils.  Road Safety Action Plan for 2014-2017.
Road-Safety-Action-Plan-2014-2017.pdf

Centre For Road Safety

Centre for Road Safety Newsletter
    

The Centre For Road Safety website accessible at http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/index.html contains a huge range of helpful information for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians including:

  • The success of Bus Safety Week (the two new videos are available for promotion on council social media)
  • The link to crash data  (interactive crash statistics) will allow local councils to access useful data

  • The new Get Your Hand Off It TV commercial. This can be used by councils in social media

  • The new Speed Link 2 system


CRS-November-newsletter.pdf

GEARED

The GEARED website is designed to help younger drivers and learners with a range of information relevant to them. It is accessible at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/geared/index.html


ANCAP

Buying a new car? The ANCAP website can help you to choose the safest vehicle for your needs. It is accessible at http://www.ancap.com.au/home