What’s happening with Road Rules Awareness Week?

Posted: 1 March 2018 4:12 am

The Centre for Road Safety and Transport for NSW launches week-long road safety campaign.

Road fatalities have steadily risen since 2016 and in response, The Centre for Road Safety and Transport for NSW has launched a week-long campaign, aiming to improve the community’s knowledge of road rules. The initiative is running from 26 February to 4 March.

Police: Road rules save lives but some are misunderstood

Minister for Police Troy Grant said that on NSW roads last year 392 people lost their lives in accidents. Every 41 minutes, someone is either killed or seriously hurt. In a significant portion of incidents, human error plays a large role.

“We know that human error is a large factor in crashes so it’s important all drivers know and understand the rules, obey the signs and keep an eye out when on the road.

“Often it’s the most simple rules people find confusing – for example – who gives way at a roundabout? Or where and when you can legally and safely cross the road?” Grant said.

A campaign to reiterate road rules

The campaign hopes to improve road safety by encouraging drivers and pedestrians to know and understand the 350 life-saving road regulations NSW has in force. They are also encouraging everyone to be vigilant.

To community understanding, the initiative has produced a series of simple animations clarifying specific road rules, which will appear on the NSW Road Safety Facebook page throughout the week.

On Thursday 1 March at 5:30 pm, executive director at the Centres for Road Safety and Maritime Safety, Bernard Carlon, will field road-rule related questions live on Facebook.

A campaign for every road user

If you don’t drive, you might think the campaign doesn’t have anything to do with you. However, Road Rules Awareness Week is for every road user, from pedestrians to motorists. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said:

“Road Rules Awareness Week is a great time for everyone to think about their driving and aims to help improve the community’s knowledge of the road rules including commonly misunderstood rules.

“It’s important that all road users – motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists – understand and follow the road rules correctly to keep everyone safe on our roads.”

You can follow the campaign on the NSW Road Safety Facebook page or view the animations by heading to the Transport NSW website.

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