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
2018 Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme now underway
13 local businesses in the Dubbo Regional Council area are now participating in the 2018 phase of the successful driver fatigue awareness campaign, Free Cuppa for the Driver, is now in full operation once again from 1 March to 31 May 2018.
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 scheme is operating in 23 local government areas within Western and South Western NSW stretching from the Victorian border to the Queensland border with a total of 95 businesses on board.
Since its inception in 2010, the 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme through its 256 participating businesses has given away 6,784 free cuppas throughout 187 cities, towns and villages in NSW.
There 13 participating businesses in Dubbo, Eumungerie, Mumbil and Wellington are listed below. Do pass this information on to your Easter and/or April school holiday guests as drivers who've driven at least 100 kms from home as they will qualify for a free cup of tea or coffee.
Alchemy Art and Food Hub, 200 Fitzroy Street, Dubbo
Cobra Street Mini Mart, 152 Cobra Street, Dubbo
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club Coffee Shop, 178 Brisbane Street, Dubbo
Dundullimal Homestead Café, 23L Obley Road, Dubbo
Lavish Coffee & Cuisine, Riverdale Shopping Centre, 49 - 65 Macquarie Street, Dubbo
Little Darling Café, 176 - 180 Darling Street, Dubbo
Northside Sandwich Shop, 112 Erskine Street, Dubbo
The Def Chef, 1/43 Macquarie Street, Dubbo
The Drover's Dog Tavern Hotel, 37 Railway Street, Eumungerie
Griffo's Burrendong Hotel, 36 Railway Parade, Mumbil
Cookies Café, 94A Lee Street, Wellington
Food 2 Go, 23 Nanima Crescent, Wellington
Pacific Sea Foods, 170 Percy Street, Wellington
Alternatively if you are travelling over this period then do have a look at the Free Cuppa for the Driver website freecuppa.com.au to see where you can plan your stops where you can take a break, stretch your legs and get your Free Cuppa for the Driver.
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 event in Wellington commences on Thursday 29 March 2018 when vouchers for free child car seat checks will be given out to parents, grandparents and carers who visit the Children's Road Safety information stand at the 'Children's Eggstra Special Easter Day' event in Cameron Park, Nanima Crescent, Wellington from 10.30 am.
Call at the information stand and collect your vouchers for Free Child Car Seat checks and/or fittings at this event. Vouchers can only be redeemed at "One Stop Automotive", 36A Gisborne Street, Wellington. This is Wellington's only Roads and Maritime Services Authorised Fitter and Daniel Blackhall will check or install your seat at no charge providing you give him your voucher. All vouchers given out at this event are valid to 12 April 2018, so if you can't visit "One Stop Automotive" on Thursday then you have until 12 April to redeem your voucher.
With Easter Long Weekend travel just around the corner this is the best time to get your children's car seats checked for correct installation.
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: 21 Mar 2018