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.
Drink driving campaigns
PLAN B - TAXI HOME
This campaign is operational throughout December annually.
PLAN B - WIN A SWAG COMPETITION
This campaign is operational throughout December and early January annually.
Fatigue driving campaigns
100 businesses take the opportunity to reduce driver fatigue crashes on our roads
The 2019 Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme is now operational until 31 May 2019.
To qualify for your free cuppa for the driver you only need to have driven at least 100 kms from home. You may be asked for your licence to verify this. There are 100 participating business across NSW and even in some coastal areas. To find your next free cuppa visit the Free Cuppa for the Driver website here.
For further information, including business participation inquiries, please phone council's Road Safety Officer on 6801 4000.
17 local businesses in the Dubbo Regional Council area are now signed up to participate in the 2019 phase of the successful driver fatigue awareness campaign. The 17 businesses are:
- Alchemy Art & Food Hub, Dubbo
- Alchemy on Victoria, Dubbo
- Cobra Street Mini Mart, Dubbo
- Cookies Café, Wellington
- Diner 95 on Bourke, Dubbo
- Dubbo RSL Memorial Club Coffee Shop 'Poppies'
- Dundullimal Homestead Café, Dubbo
- Food 2 Go, Wellington
- Griffo’s Burrendong Hotel, Mumbil
- Lavish Coffee & Cuisine, Dubbo
- Little Darling Café, Dubbo
- Northside Sandwich Shop, Dubbo
- Pacific Seafoods, Wellington
- The Drover’s Dog Tavern Hotel, Eumungerie
The scheme encourages visiting drivers to stop at participating businesses for a free cup of tea or coffee to take a break from driving long distances.
Dubbo Regional Council provides the marketing and resources while businesses provide the free tea and/or coffee.
This scheme is a win for everyone involved. It’s a win for road safety as drivers take a rest break, a win for local villages, towns and cities as they attract increased visitors and a win for businesses who attract customers.
The 2019 scheme will operate in 23 local government areas within the Hunter, Southern, Western and South Western NSW stretching from the Victorian border to the Queensland border and stretching across to the cost in some areas with a total of 105 businesses on board.
The ‘Free Cuppa’ website, freecuppa.com.au, allows drivers to search for the nearest participating business as well as find useful information on the scheme. There is also an active Facebook page that everyone is encouraged to like to keep up to date on the scheme and it’s participating businesses.
This scheme compliments Driver Reviver, which is a national initiative targeting driver fatigue and the Driver Reviver sites will be offering free cuppas to travellers over the upcoming Christmas school holiday period. To find out locations and opening times please visit www.tollgroup.com/driverreviver.
Free child car seat checking days
Have you got the right car seat? Have you fitted and adjusted it correctly? Do you know how to check it properly?
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.
The next free child car seat checking day will be held in Wellington's Cameron Park at the 'Children's Egg-Streme Easter Party from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Call down to the Road Safety Information Stand and ask for your free child car seat checking (and/or installation) voucher. Vouchers are valid for use for two weeks from 11 - 26 April 2019 and will be honoured by Dan Blackhall, an RMS Authorised Fitter, at One Stop Automotive, 36a Gisborne Street, Wellington during those two weeks.
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.
The next free workshops to be held in Dubbo and Wellington will be in May 2019 at a date to be confirmed.
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: 26 Mar 2019