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.
Road Rules Awareness Week
Road Rules Awareness Week provides all road users an opportunity to brush up on their road rules.
Double demerit points apply for speeding offences and not wearing a seatbelt during certain holiday periods and long weekends. Click here to find details on the double demerit period.
Roads and Maritime Services have developed the Ride to Live campaign to get to the heart of what keeps motorcyclists safe. The campaign gives riders useful information about the risks they face on the road and how they can best manage them.
Since 2013, Road Rules Awareness Week gives 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.
Read about the top 10 misunderstood road rules.
Please remember to 'Go 40' between 8 - 9.30am and 2.30 - 4pm on school days.
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;
- Obey parking signs;
- 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.
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 that have a 40km per hour speed limit for school drop offs and pick ups.
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 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:
- 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;
- At 40km/h it will only take you about 30 seconds to go from one end of the school zone to the other;
- 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.
During all school terms, Council conducts a campaign 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 areas actively enforce legal parking around schools.
Two in three car seats are not being used properly. Council runs free inspections with authorised restraint fitters where residents can have their child car seats, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and fit. Bookings are essential for these events.
For bookings and all enquiries, please call Council's Road Safety Officers on 87117434 or 87117780.
The next free safety check will be on Friday 7th February 2020 at Liverpool Catholic Club.