Road Safety Programs
The Traffic and Transport Team is committed to improving road safety outcomes for all road users and supports the TAC safe system approach to road safety which outlines that optimum road safety can be achieved when the following systems work together:
• 5 Star Drivers: Wearing a seatbelt, not speeding, unimpaired.
• 5 Star Roads: Appropriate speed limits, clear zones and lane widths.
• 5 Star Cars: ABS brakes, ESC electronic stability control, 6 airbags and crash tested.
The Road Safety Strategy adopts a world’s best practice approach by addressing Road Safety in three key areas- Safer Drivers, Safer Roads and Roadsides and Safer Vehicles.
For more information on how the Shire is addressing road safety, download our Drivesafe Strategy(PDF, 2MB).
The following programs address issues of Road Safety around Schools:
- Kiss and Go
- Park and Stride and Ride to School
The following programs address issues of road safety for young drivers:
Fit to Drive
Fit to Drive is an annual program that visits 18 Secondary schools on the Mornington Peninsula and provides educational sessions on young driver safety to students from years 10, 11 and 12. The program is supported by the Shire, the Arthur's Seat Challenge fun run and Blue Scope Steel in Western Port.
DriveSafe Speed Awareness Program (SAM)
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Traffic and Transport Team uses a Speed Awareness Mobile (SAM) trailer to promote the need to slow down on residential streets. This program is ongoing and the site register is constantly being updated with new streets for SAM to visit.
If you have hooning issues in your street this can be reported to the hoon hotline via crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. You can contact them 24 hours a day seven days a week and talk to operator who will pass on the information to the local police. It is helpful if you can provide them with the licence plate details for the hoons.
Safer roads and roadsides
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is working closely with ARRB Group to implement a risk-based road assessment program called The Australian National Risk Assessment Model (ANRAM) which identifies road sections with the highest risk of severe crashes. It will provide the Shire a mechanism for the identification, measurement and reporting of severe crash risk and provide a basis for the prioritisation of future road improvements.
“If all drivers drove the safest car in their class we could reduce the road toll by thirty percent.” -TAC
All new cars sold in Australia undergo Australia’s New Car Crash Assessment Program and receive a safety star rating. Sixty percent of all new cars in Australia are sold as fleet vehicles, so if companies chose safer cars this would improve the safety standard of all second hand cars and the overall road safety conditions for everyone.
Join RoadSafe SouthEast inc
RoadSafe SouthEast is a Community based Road Safety group part funded by Victorian Community Road Safety Alliance to implement local road safety programs. It meets once a month and is made up of community members, Victoria Police members, emergency services, and the local road safety officer.
For more information, contact RoadSafe SouthEast via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0410 002 825.
Why not become a role model for Road Safety in your street?
• Research shows that 90 per cent of all speeding in residential streets is by local residents themselves, so slow down and model the behaviour you want to occur in your street.
• Get your “Drive Safe No Speeding” bin sticker from one of our Customer Service Centres to display your support for Road Safety on your street.
The following tips are guaranteed to save lives:
• Children begin to learn about how to deal with traffic from the moment they can sit up in the car seat or pusher. You can give your child the best start by setting them the best example - even from this early age.
• 120 hours of driving practise on all road types and in all weather conditions as a learner can reduce the risk of being involved in a causality as a probationary driver by up to 40 per cent.
• Small increases in travel speed cause significant increases in crash severity. Wipe Off 5 and Arrive Alive.