Road Safety

Liverpool City Council employs a Road Safety Officer who is responsible for the strategic development of a local road safety program with key stakeholders in the community.


The road safety program identifies and addresses local road safety issues and at risk groups in the community. This leads to the development of local road safety behavioural programs that integrate a combination of education, engineering and enforcement.

  • Mobile Phones - New mobile phone restrictions now apply for all P2 drivers and riders, the same restrictions that currently apply for Learner and P1 licence holders. Click on the following link for more information:  Mobile Phone Rules
  • Double demerit points apply for speeding offences and not wearing a seatbelt during certain holiday periods and long weekends. For details on the next double demerit period, please click   here.
  • Bus Safety Week, 6-12 November - It’s Bus Safety Week and Liverpool City Council is reminding everyone to ‘Be Bus Aware’. Head to bebusaware.com.au to find out more.Be Bus Aware
  • Ride to Live - RMS have developed the Ride to  Live campaign to get to the heart of what keeps motorcyclists safe: making good decisions. The campaign gives riders useful information  about the risks they face on the road and how they can best manage them. The campaign was developed with support from the Motor Accidents Authority and advice from the main motorcycling bodies in NSW. Click on the following link for more information Ride To Live

The Top 10 Misunderstood Rules

Road Rules Awareness Week is held in February, giving all road users the chance to improve their knowledge of the road rules. And it's not just for motorists. Pedestrians, passengers and cyclists should also make sure they know the rules so they can stay safe on and around the road.

On 1 November 2012, changes to NSW Road Rules came into effect. Please find attached a document produced by the Roads and Maritime Services which is a simple guide to the top ten most misunderstood road rules.

For more information, please visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au

Safety In School Zones

Please remember to 'Go 40' between 8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm on school days.

For NSW School Terms dates please click here

Here are a few valuable safety tips from Council's Road Safety Officer:

  • Children are small and hard to see
    Children can have a short attention span, poor peripheral vision and are easily distracted.
  • Always drive at 40km/hr during school zone times
    Driving at a lower speed means you have more time to react to a child's actions and may therefore reduce the severity of an injury if a collision does occur.
  • Obey parking signs such as 'No Stopping' and 'No Parking'
    You must not stop at all on a section of road that is marked 'No Stopping'. In a 'No Parking' area you can pickup and drop off as long as you stay no longer than 2 minutes and the driver of the vehicle does not move more than 3 metres from the vehicle
  • Always set a good example when crossing the road
    Children under the age of 10 should always hold the hand of an adult when crossing the road. Always cross the road at the marked crossings or designated safe place to cross. Never call your child across the road.

School and child safety

There are over 70 schools in the Liverpool local government area. Council shares the community's concerns about the safety of children near the road and is always working towards enhancing safety around schools.

All schools in the Liverpool local government area have designated School Zones. These are lengths of road which are designated a 40km per hour speed limit during, before and after school times.

Most of these school zones are active between 8am and 9:30am in the morning and between 2:30pm and 4pm in the afternoons. School Zones are only active on school days.

The beginning of a School Zone can be identified by a 'Start School Zone 40 sign.'

The School Zone is finished when you see the 'End School Zone sign.'

These 40km school zones are there to enhance the safety of all children in and around the vicinity of schools. Here are four good reasons to slow down to 40km in school zones:

  1. A child hit by a vehicle travelling at 40km/h has a good chance of surviving the impact. A child hit by a vehicle at travelling at 60km/h has little chance of surviving the impact.
  2. At 40km/h it will only take you about 30 seconds to go from one end of the school zone to the other.
  3. Children only concentrate on what they think is important, and forget about anything else.
  4. Children see things differently to adults. Children are often impulsive and don't see danger. Children don't have the ability to judge the speed of approaching vehicles.

There are heavy penalties for traffic and parking offences in school zones. The most common offences observed in school zones carry the following penalties:

  • Speeding - minimum fine of $189* and two demerit points
  • Approach children's crossing too quickly to stop safely - $541* fine and four demerit points
  • Double parking - $325* fine and two demerit points
  • Stopping on or near a children's crossing - $433* fine and two demerit points.
  • Stop in the No Stopping - $325* and two demerit points.

(*All fines correct as at 1 July 2016)

For a full list of all new penalties and offences, please visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au or call 13 22 13.

Please click here to download a flyer regarding school zone penalties.

Please click here to download a flyer regarding how to drop off and pick up your child safely at school.

The main safety concerns at schools always involve conflict between pedestrians and vehicles. You should be aware that Council has the ability to enforce parking restrictions and illegal road user behaviour around schools. Council is endeavouring to undertake an education before enforcement approach, but as there are so many schools in the area we would like to make everyone aware of the rules that should be obeyed and the consequences that will follow if they are not.


During all school terms, Council conducts a scheme to educate parents about parking restrictions around schools. All schools in the area are provided with educational resources to include in school newsletters. Council's parking rangers and Police from the Liverpool and Green Valley area commands are also always actively enforcing illegal parking around schools.


Liverpool City Council encourages correct and safe parking in the road environment outside schools.

Young Children

Hold me close Keep me safe

Tragically, young children are often run over in "off-road" environments. "Off-road" areas include footpaths, driveways and car parks. Wherever there are moving vehicles, children are potentially at risk.

Children are:

  • dependant on adults
  • fragile
  • curious
  • unpredictable
  • small and fast
  • unable to judge speed, distance and direction

Adults need to:

  • hold onto children when near traffic
  • remain vigilant
  • set a good example
  • actively supervise children
  • help children learn about road safety

Drivers may not be aware that children are behind their vehicle. It is not just large 4WDs that can have poor visiblity. Most cars have "blind spots" behind them.

It is the responsibility of parents and carers of young children to ensure that they are safe around traffic. Supervise children whenever they are in a traffic environment. Parents should either hold the child's hand or pick them up. A5 information flyer.

Liverpool City Council would like to remind parents it only takes one moving vehicle to present a danger to children, whether it be in a quiet suburban street or in a busy traffic area.

The key message for parents is to set a good example by holding your child's hand when crossing the road and talk to your children about the dangers involved with traffic and roads.


Research conducted by Kidsafe NSW and funded by the MAA found that parent supervision decreases, particularly for children aged between seven and nine, when they are still too young to cope safely with the road environment.

Useful Links: Kidsafe

You can download a fact sheet or brochure by clicking on the highlighted link. Information is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese and Turkish.

Child Restraints

Free Child Restraint Checks

Every year many children are injured or killed in car crashes. Some of these injuries could be prevented or reduced if all children occupy the right restraint for their size and weight and if the restraint is installed and used correctly. All children up to the age of seven years must be correctly restrained in an approved child restraint, suitable for their size and age.

As part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, Council's Road Safety Officers conduct six free courtesy child restraint checking events per year. An RMS authorised restraint fitter will check that car restraints, harnesses and booster seats have been installed correctly.

FREE CHILD RESTRAINT SAFETY CHECK

You can have your child car restraints, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and correct fit. All restraints will be checked by RMS Authorised Restraint Fitters.

The next child restraint checking event will be held on:

Date: Friday 27th October, 2017  
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Multi-storey car park - Liverpool Catholic Club (424-458 Hoxton Park Rd, Liverpool West NSW 2170)

Bookings are essential and will be taken from Wednesday 27th September, 2017.

To book, or for further information, please call Council's Road Safety Officer on 9821 8835 (PLEASE NOTE: Between 27/9/17 and 12/10/17 the Road Safety Officer will not be in the office. During this time, customers names and phone numbers will be taken and sent by email to the Road Safety Officer with date and time stamps. All messages will be returned in the same order they were received to ensure all customers get fairness in booking a place).

The following link to the RMS website now allows you to enter your postcode to find your nearest Authorised Restraint Fitting Station:

RMS Authorised Restraint Fitting Stations

Research shows that about two in every three children are not restrained correctly while travelling in the car. Many parents are unaware of the dangers associated with incorrectly or poorly fitted seats.

Click Here to check out the new website that helps you to choose the right car seat for your child's age and size.

As new national child restraint laws now apply in NSW, the RMS have produced a DVD to help people choose the appropriate child restraint. This resource may be borrowed from Liverpool City Library or other branches.

Drink or Drive

The legal blood alcohol limit for holders of Learner and Provisional (P1 & P2) licences is now ZERO. The legal blood alcohol limit for holders of an unrestricted driver's licence remains at 0.05.

Here's what you risk if you drink any alcohol and drive

  • Kill or injure yourself or someone else
  • Lose your licence
  • Be fined up to $1100 for a first offence
  • Have a criminal record.

The day after...getting back to zero

If you go out drinking and have a big night you may still be over the zero limit the next day. So you must not drive until all the alcohol has been eliminated from your body.

Sobering up takes a long time and no amount of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the process.

If you are going to drive, avoid the following otherwise you may not be able to convince a court that you didn't consume an alcoholic beverage or another substance for the purpose of consuming alcohol.

  • Medicines and foods with alcohol
  • Some medicines and mouthwashes may contain alcohol (ethanol).
  • Some foodstuffs such as fruitcake and trifle may also contain alcohol.
  • On the night...think about you how are you going to travel

Leave the car or motorcycle at home

  • Share a taxi with friends to cut costs
  • Stay the night at a friend's place
  • Use a train or bus - check timetables to avoid waiting at train stations or bus stops
  • Organise to be picked up by someone who is not drinking.

Useful Links: Drink Driving Information

Vehicle Safety

Australia's leading independant vehicle safety advocate, The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has launched it's new website. This offers all new car buyers access to a range of important safety information. The new website can be found at www.ancap.com.au

Slow Down on Local Streets

Liverpool City Council is reminding motorists to slow down on local streets and to travel within the 50km/h urban default speed limit. This road safety initiative aims to make motorists more speed conscious when driving in and around local streets in the Liverpool area and is fully supported by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the NSW Police Force.


Council's campaign, which include a flyer and advertising, have been developed as part of a project to communicate that 50km/h is the urban default speed limit.


In 2012*, road accident statistics from the Roads and Maritime Services showed speeding accounted for 8.9 per cent of all vehicle crashes in Liverpool. This is a pleasing 1.2% decrease in speed related crashes since the previous year.


Motorists who drive at excessive speed are not only a danger to themselves; they are a danger to other motorists, and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.


This campaign is part of Council's ongoing Road Safety Program and resulted from considerable community concern that many motorists are driving at speeds well in excess of the required limits on local roads.


* Most recent statistics available from the RMS

Useful Links: Speeding Information

Pedestrians

Liverpool City Council has installed LOOK pedestrian stencils at busy crossings and intersections in the Liverpool local government area to promote road safety.

The stencils are designed to remind pedestrians to LOOK before they cross and to take extra care when crossing the road. The stencils have been installed in high pedestrian activity areas across the Liverpool LGA.

Liverpool City Council Road Safety Officer Rachel Palermo said that pedestrians are highly vulnerable in the road environment, with pedestrian deaths still accounting for about 18% of the road toll in the state.

The LOOK stencils provide a reminder to pedestrians to have a final LOOK before stepping out into the road environment.

For further information regarding the LOOK pedestrian project please contact Council's Road Safety Officer, on phone 9821 8835.

How to be a safe pedestrian

  • Cross the road at pedestrian crossings, refuges or traffic lights if available.
  • At traffic lights, cross the road only when the pedestrian signal is green. When the red light is on, finish crossing. Do not start to cross. Before crossing the road, think about whether an approaching driver can see you.
  • Never assume that an approaching vehicle will stop for you.
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars or in front of buses.
  • If no footpath is available, walk facing the oncoming traffic and keep as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep to the left side on shared bicycle / pedestrian paths.
  • Wear bright coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions.
  • Children up to eight years old should hold an adult's hand on the footpath, in the carpark or when crossing the road. Children up to ten years old should be actively supervised in the traffic environment and should hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.

Useful Links: The Pedestrian Council of NSW or Look Out Before you Step Out from RMS.

Bicycles

The NSW Government is committed to working with councils to make walking and cycling, more convenient, safer and enjoyable transport options. By targeting investment to improve walking and cycling in the areas where most short trips occur, the NSW Government supports more accessible, liveable and productive towns, cities and centres, by:

  • Encouraging walking and cycling to be the mode of choice for short local trips
  • Reducing congestion on our roads
  • Freeing up capacity on the public transport system for those customers that need to travel further.

Please click here for further links and more information on Cycling from the NSW Government.

Useful Links: Bicycle Safety Information and RMS Go Together campaign.

For information regarding cycling in the Liverpool area, please visit http://cyclingconnectingcommunities.wordpress.com/

To view the Liverpool Bike Plan, please click here.

Free Parents Workshop - Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers

Next Date - TBC late 2017
Liverpool City Council - Blue Gum Room - Level 5 / 33 Moore Street - Liverpool 2170

This RMS run workshop is suitable for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The workshop will offer practical advice about supervising learner drivers, completing the Learner Driver Log Book and the benefits of driving practice. Tea and coffee will be provided. Bookings are essential. For further information or to book, phone 9821 8835.

Learner Drivers

Learner and provisional drivers must clearly display their L and P plates on the front and back of the outside of the vehicle. The letters L or P must not be hidden. The penalty for failing to display the plates correctly is $253* and two demerit points (*Correct 1 July 2016). Don't get caught out! Keep a spare set of plates in your vehicle.

Learner drivers who complete a one hour structured driving lesson with a fully licensed driving instructor can record three hours driving experience in their Learner driver log book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours in the learner driver log book.

Learner drivers who are aged 25 and over are no longer required to present a Learner driver log book prior to attempting the driving test. For further information, click here to visit the relevant RMS page.

Useful Links: Supervising a Learner

Safer Drivers Course - If you're on your Ls and keen to learn more about safer driving behaviours then the Safer Drivers Course is for you. The Course will help you understand more about speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances and prepare you for when you drive unsupervised on your Ps. You will also receive 20 hours of log book credit once you complete the Course.

To be able to attend a Course you must be on your Ls, completed 50 log book driving hours and be under 25. This is 50 actual hours of on-road driving and does not include the hours that can be accrued through (3 for 1) structured professional instruction.

How to book a Safer Drivers Course - Simply view the Safer Drivers Course Providers list on the RMS website and contact the Provider directly. Or you can call RMS on 13 22 13 to find out where the closest Course Provider is. The Course costs $140 and can be paid directly to the Course Provider, not Roads and Maritime Services.

Liverpool PCYC is now offering the Safer Driver Course – details can be found by clicking here

P1/P2 Vehicle restrictions - RMS have made changes to the vehicle restrictions rules for P Platers Click Here for a link to the online search tool.

Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue, or tiredness, contributes to many hundreds of deaths and injuries on our roads every year. It can be just as deadly as drink driving or excessive speeding.

Fatigue is not just a problem for people taking long trips. Drivers can suffer from fatigue on short trips too.

Stress, study, work, caring for children and broken sleep or too little sleep at night can all drain your energies. This means that you may be tired even before you start driving.

Common symptoms of driver fatigue include:

  • Poor concentration
  • Tired or heavy eyes
  • Slow reactions
  • Inability to remember driving the last few kilometres
  • Yawning
  • Restlessness

Myths and facts about short trip driver fatigue

Myth: A cup of coffee or a caffeine drink will keep me awake.
Fact: Caffeine is only a short-term solution and will have less and less affect the more often you use it. It might make you feel more alert, but it will not keep you going for long. Drinking a cup of coffee or a caffeine drink is not an effective way to avoid short trip driver fatigue.

Myth: Loud music will keep me awake
Fact: This might help for a very short period of time, but it won't help for long. Loud music might also distract you from the driving task or even send you to sleep! Playing loud music is not an effective way to avoid short trip driver fatigue.

Myth: Fresh air through the window will keep me awake
Fact: This might give you a boost for a short period of time, as might turning the air conditioning on to cold, but it won't help for long. Fresh air is not an effective way to avoid short trip driver fatigue.

What can you do about short trip fatigue?

  • Be aware of your daily schedule and the demands placed by work and leisure activities
  • Take a break before driving
  • Make arrangements to be picked up
  • Use available public transport
  • Discuss flexible working hours with your employer.

Sources: Fatigue - The Hidden Killer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau; Preventing Driver Fatigue, Roads and Traffic Authority

Useful Links: Driver fatigue

Thinking about hitting the road? Test how tired you might be before you get behind the wheel, get some tips to help avoid driving tired, and share your results with your friends at: testyourtiredself.com.au

Mobile Phones

It is illegal to drive or ride while using a hand-held mobile phone. The penalty is a significant fine and three demerit points. It is illegal to talk, send or receive text messages, play games or take photos on a hand held mobile phone while driving. P1 provisional drivers and learner drivers must not use any mobile phone function while driving.

Useful Links: Mobile Phones and Driving