eNews January 2012

30 Jan 2012

2011 road toll - second lowest on record

South Australia recorded its second lowest road toll on record last year with 103 fatalities, above the record low of 99 deaths in 2008, but fifteen fewer than the 118 recorded in 2010.

While the figure is a considerable achievement, it’s still heartbreaking for families and communities that so many lives have been lost and people seriously injured on our roads in 2011.

A positive aspect of last year’s road toll is a decrease in the number of young people, aged 16-24, being killed on our roads – down to 11 compared to 31 in 2010.

Though there has been a decrease in the overall number of fatalities in rural areas compared to 2010, deaths on rural roads are still over-represented, accounting for 61 fatalities in 2011, compared to 41 in the metropolitan area.

These figures indicate that we all still need to continue our combined efforts to keep the road toll down as we aim for less than 80 fatalities and 800 serious injuries by the end of the decade.

Read the full report on South Australia's road statistics of 2011.

Focus on dangerous drivers after Operation Crossroads

Operation Crossroads, the nationally coordinated police road safety operation for the Christmas and New Year’s period, concluded just before midnight on Tuesday 3 January.

Assistant Police Commissioner Bryan Fahy says three people died in South Australia over the 12 days of the Operation.

“Sadly, over the Christmas and New Year’s period covered by Operation Crossroads, three people died on South Australian roads, with two of those fatalities occurring on Christmas Day.”

“SAPOL conducted over 22,500 driver alcohol tests and detected 209 people drink driving over the Operation Crossroads period. This is a sign that some drivers are ignoring the law about drink driving, as all drivers would have to be fully aware that police were out in force over the Christmas /New Year time targeting drink drivers.

While Operation Crossroads is over, SAPOL’s state based road safety initiative, Operation Safe Holidays, will remain in force until the end of January.”

“In 2012, police will be vigorously targeting dangerous driving. Drivers who choose to behave in ways that endanger others on our roads have also made a choice to become the focus of unrelenting police attention.”

“That includes drunk/drugged drivers, speedsters and show-offs, who contribute to the pain and suffering of other road users.”

“Police will be making every effort, every day, to detect and take action against dangerous drivers and that includes those who make a decision to drink or take drugs and drive.”


Be safe, be seen

South Australian superstar cyclist Stuart O'Grady has teamed-up with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) to launch a cycling road safety campaign.

"The Santos Tour Down Under is the perfect place to promote a road safety message to cyclists. The message 'Be Safe, Be Seen' aims to remind cyclists of the importance of visibility when cycling.

Large blimps will take to the sky during the Santos Tour Down Under to encourage cyclists to participate in road safety education via Facebook.

Cyclists will also have the opportunity to win a VIP trip to the Tour de France.

To be in running to WIN a VIP trip to Paris to watch the Tour de France go to www.fb.com/WinParisTrip and complete the road safety education.


Operation Safe Holidays

SAPOL conducted Phase IV of Operation Safe Holidays in a state wide operation targeting drink and drug drivers on Saturday 14 January 2012 and concluding at 7am Sunday morning.

More than 200 police officers were involved in both static and mobile driver testing activities across the State conducting 5239 tests with a total of 46 drink driving and 18 drug related offences detected.

28 motorists were issued with an immediate loss of their driver's licence and 26 vehicles were impounded or had their wheels clamped for 28 days. Read more >>


Operation Influence

In conjunction with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), Western Adelaide police conducted Operation Influence, which focuses on the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles.

The operation was conducted on Salisbury Highway, Dry Creek on Thursday 12 January and Ocean Steamers Road, Port Adelaide on Friday 13 January.

116 heavy vehicles were inspected. Disappointingly, 91 vehicles were defected with a high percentage trucks and/or trailers having faulty brakes.

Furthermore, 39 traffic infringement notices were issued, including one driver who was unlicensed and driving an unregistered truck and one driver who tested positive for drugs. Read more >>


Improvements made to incident detection on South Eastern Freeway

Significant safety improvements have been made along the South Eastern Freeway with the extension and upgrade of the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS).

DPTI has installed new vehicle incident detection loops, variable speed limit signs and weather stations along the South Eastern Freeway.

The new system will improve road safety and incident management along the section of the South Eastern Freeway, between Adelaide and Bridgewater.

The fibre optic communications system has now been extended a further three kilometres along the South Eastern Freeway, from Crafers to Carey Gully.

Installed along this section are seven new CCTV cameras and 23 new variable speed limit signs.

A total of 285 vehicle incident detection loops have also been installed starting from the Toll Gate through to the Carey Gully Bridge.

In addition, six weather stations have been installed to detect changes in visibility (e.g. fog), with two of the stations equipped to detect black ice on the road.

This expansion of works will improve road safety for all road users, particularly in the event of an incident or extreme weather event which may affect road conditions on the Freeway.

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the State Government at a cost of $5.2 million.


A safer ride for roads around the State

Motorists will soon enjoy a safer ride on roads around the State with the following works commencing this month.

  •     South Eastern Freeway resealing between Callington and Murray Bridge.
  •     Princes Highway resealing works approximately 30km south of Tailem Bend.
  •     Anzac Highway, Keswick asphalt works between Everard Avenue and Greenhill Road.
  •     Sturt Highway resealing works between Truro and Blanchetown, Blanchetown and Waikerie and near Paringa township.
  •     Murray Bridge to Wellington Road resealing works.
  •     Southern Ports Highway (Rendelsham Road) shoulder sealing and road widening works.
  •     South East Highway resealing works near Murray Bridge.
  •     Riverland and Mallee area resealing works.
  •     Limestone Coast slurry works from Mount Gambier to Nelson Road and Carpenters Rocks to Mount Gambier Road.

For full details visit DPTI latest news



Be safe, be seen

South Australian superstar cyclist Stuart O'Grady has teamed-up with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) to launch a cycling road safety campaign.

"The Santos Tour Down Under is the perfect place to promote a road safety message to cyclists. The message 'Be Safe, Be Seen' aims to remind cyclists of the importance of visibility when cycling.

Large blimps will take to the sky during the Santos Tour Down Under to encourage cyclists to participate in road safety education via Facebook.

Cyclists will also have the opportunity to win a VIP trip to the Tour de France.

To be in running to WIN a VIP trip to Paris to watch the Tour de France go to www.fb.com/WinParisTrip and complete the road safety education.

- See more at: http://dpti.sa.gov.au/towardszerotogether/article?item=70#sthash.hw4AZJBB.dpuf

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