Lockhart Shire nestles in the heart of the Riverina and is one of it's most productive agricultural and pastoral areas.
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.
LEARNER DRIVER WORKSHOP DATES
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
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.
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.
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 PlanLockhart Shire, Greater Hume Shire and Urana Shire Councils. Road Safety Action Plan for 2014-2017.
Centre For Road Safety
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
- 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
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
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