Road safety, learner drivers and child restraints
Council's role in road safety awareness
Council is proud to be a strong advocate of Local Government's role in road safety awareness.
As a long-term member of the Local Government Road Safety Program, Council works with Roads and Maritime Services and key road safety stakeholders to address behavioural issues affecting road safety in our road environment. This program has proven to be a highly effective approach to raising awareness about road safety within the Dubbo and Wellington communities.
Commitment to the program is demonstrated by the employment of a Road Safety Officer (RSO) for the past 21 years. The RSO has effectively implemented many road safety campaigns addressing road safety issues impacting on our community. Several campaigns have attracted national attention as role models for best practice and have been recognised with awards from key road safety stakeholders.
If you're looking for current event details and/or road safety tips then visit Road Safety Dubbo Gilgandra and Wellington Facebook page
Road safety campaigns
Council’s Road Safety Officer (RSO) is involved in many local projects throughout the year. By forming community partnerships, the RSO is able to provide professional road safety, events management and media assistance to community groups, identify funding opportunities for road safety projects and deliver community talks about key road safety issues affecting specific road user groups.
Fatigue driving campaigns
Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme in it's seventh year
Free Cuppa for the Driver is a successful initiative that allows drivers who have travelled more than 100 kms from their address (shown on their drivers licence) to qualify for a free cup of tea or coffee from a choice of 92 participating businesses in areas that stretch from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border in Central and South West NSW.
The seventh year of the multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ initiative was launched at the Old Dubbo Gaol on Wednesday 1 March and will run through until Wednesday 31 May in a bid to reduce fatigue related crashes on NSW roads.
The scheme was officially launched by Dubbo Regional Council's Administrator, Mr Michael Kneipp with guest speakers including Member for Dubbo, Mr Troy Grant, Acting Superintendent of the Orana Local Area Command, Mr Scott Tanner, Coordinator of Regional NSW High Productivity Road Transport's Alliance, Mr John Morris and Dubbo business owner Mr Michael Dodd. Commissioner NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, Mr Mark Gibson ESM was also in attendance.
Fatigue is one of the biggest killers on NSW roads with it contributing to 72 fatal crashes in NSW over the last 12 months.
The Free Cuppa for the Driver initiative targets drivers travelling in areas where NSW highways and roads are the gateway to major cities, such as Melbourne and Brisbane. These highways include the Castlereagh, Golden, Great Western, Gwydir, Hume, Mitchell, Newell and Oxley.
Since its inception in 2010, over 5,700 free cuppas have been given away from 185 participating businesses throughout 161 cities, towns and villages in Western NSW.
Free Cuppa for the Driver doesn’t just target drivers travelling in cars or caravans but also heavy vehicles, because truck drivers also face the risk of becoming fatigued whilst driving.
Some participating businesses have parking for heavy vehicles and welcome truck drivers to pull in during their travels for a free cuppa.
Drivers can use the Free Cuppa for the Driver App and its GPS tracking technology to find a nearby participating business and the type of parking available. There is also a Free Cuppa website and Facebook page that offers useful information on participating businesses and the initiative itself.
Major Visitor Information Centres from Victoria up to Queensland have received Free Cuppa for the Driver brochures which include information about participating businesses, competitions and contact details of coordinators of the initiative.
Free Cuppa for the Driver is also running a selfie competition on Facebook and a random prize draw at participating businesses. Information about these competitions can be found at www.freecuppa.com.au or by visiting a participating business.
Free child car seat checking days
All children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not. A series of child restraint checking days are held in Dubbo and Wellington every year. These free checking days are a great opportunity for parents, carers and key childcare stakeholders who wish to ensure their child car seats are fitted safely and correctly. The free checking day is also a great place to learn about the latest child restraint regulations . The Road Safety Officer is also available to deliver group presentations about the legislative changes. Check Upcoming Events for further details.
See the Child Car Seats website for detailed information.
Helping learner drivers become safer drivers workshop
The Graduated Licence Scheme Workshops support parents and supervisors guide learner drivers through the journey from L to P1 and P2 licence phases. Two workshops are held in Dubbo per year as well as one workshop per year in Wellington. Check Upcoming Events on the home page or the Road Safety Dubbo Gilgandra and Wellington facebook page for details.
Work on Driving Safely education kits
Council has developed a Work on Driving Safely education package containing information to assist employee drivers. The information contained in the package may be useful to other organisations or individuals for induction and training of employees.
The kit includes:
- the Safe Driving policy;
- a Work On Driving Safely glove-box booklet;
- a Safe Driving Pledge (certificate);
- an evaluation quiz about road safety and driving in country areas; and
- fact sheets - mobile phone usage, speeding, roundabouts, child restraints, driver fatigue and drink driving;
- a PowerPoint presentation - available upon request (large file).
Contact Council's Road Safety Officer Jayne Bleechmore for more information, on 6801 4000.
Policy - Safe Driving (PDF 201.1KB)
Glove Box Booklet - Work On Driving Safely (PDF 1.2MB)
Certificate - Driver Commitment to Fleet Safety (PDF 180.6KB)
Quiz - Work On Driving Safely (PDF 686.2KB)
Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Speed (PDF 468.2KB)
Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Drink Driving (PDF 202.8KB)
Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Driver Fatigue (PDF 199.2KB)
Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Mobile Phones (PDF 172.1KB)
Last Edited: 10 Apr 2017