19 Nov 2011
It's been a month since launching Towards Zero Together, South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan 2011 & 2012 and a change in speed limits on rural roads and a discussion paper on initiatives for young drivers is already underway.
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A discussion paper proposing five key initiatives to protect young drivers including raising the minimum age for a provisional licence from 17 to 18 years; introducing night time driving and passenger restrictions and extending the provisional licence period from 2 to 3 years.
Have your say on the proposed initiatives by Friday 9 December 2011.
South Australia Police implemented a state-wide road safety blitz throughout October in a bid to prevent the number of fatalities from climbing higher than last year.
Drink/drug driving, speeding, seatbelts and inattention/driver distraction were targeted over four weeks using a range of tactics including a highly visible police presence, directed patrolling activities, speed detection, as well as static and mobile random driver testing.
Another 20 new car dealerships have joined the Stars on Cars program promoting vehicle safety to car buyers.
The program now includes 46 participating dealerships representing over 75 percent of new car sales in South Australia.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure supports participating dealerships by providing sales staff with information on the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and official 4-star and 5-star ANCAP rating stickers for their vehicles. The Motor Accident Commission funded advertising campaign targets new car buyers with the messages ‘Beware of cars with less than four stars’ and ‘Check the safety rating before you buy’.
78 percent of new car sales in South Australia are rated ANCAP 4 or 5 stars.
New initiatives launched by the Motor Accident Commission aim to keep young people and motorcyclists safe. A new Schoolies iPhone App provides free and convenient access to information for Schoolies to plan, locate and catch buses, as well as a timetable of events, and a help line with direct access to emergency services. And, a new motorcycle advertising campaign featuring five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion, Mick Doohan focuses on the dangers at intersections, where nearly 50% of motorcycle crashes occur. Schoolies iPhone App provides free and convenient access to information for Schoolies to plan, locate and catch buses, as well as a timetable of events, and a help line with direct access to emergency services. And, a new motorcycle advertising campaign featuring five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion, Mick Doohan focuses on the dangers at intersections, where nearly 50% of motorcycle crashes occur.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to upgrade the intersection of Cross Road, Duthy Street and Harrow Terrace, Kingswood will occur this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 April.
New traffic lights and more right-hand turn lanes will be added to the junction of Bridge Road and Maxwell Road, in Para Hills, as part of a $7.23 million safety upgrade set to commence on Sunday.