Road Safety

Council is committed to improving road safety by working with the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and other relevant stakeholders, promoting road safety in the community, developing greater community ownership of road safety and developing road safety as a priority in the management of transport and land use on the Central Coast.
 

Our programs

Council’s Road Safety Officer works with the RMS to educate the community through the following programs:

For further information regarding our programs please contact Council by email or phone 02 4350 5555.

For any traffic and road related enquires or concerns please contact Council's Traffic Officer on 4350 5555.
 

Child restraints

Central Coast Council, in partnership with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and local RMS Authorised Fitting Stations, currently provide child restraint installation and or checks of previously installed child restraints to ensure your child's seat is installed correctly.  These are free, however, any modification required to a vehicle or introduction of a new restraint system/anchorage point, where one was not originally fitted by the vehicle manufacturer, will incur a cost.

Authorised fitters will check your child's restraint.  A correctly installed seat dramatically increases a child’s safety during a crash. Fitters can also advise you on the appropriate type of restraint for their age and size. By placing a child in a restraint that is designed for a larger/older child, the risk of serious injury in a crash is increased.

Want to know more about types of restraints and correct fitting, view Council's child restraints video on the Wyong Alive website.


Contact our Road Safety Officer for further information on 02 4350 5555

National child restraint laws

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level.
 
If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.

See the Centre for Road Safety website for information on the National Child Restrain Laws, images and useful links to help you determine the correct and legal car seat for the safety of your child.
 

School road safety

Council conducts a 'School Parking Safety Initiative' to help ensure the safety of both pedestrians and motorists in busy school zones.

This aims to educate parents and carers about the importance of the parking restrictions and road safety around schools. The project includes the production and distribution of educational material for parents/carers throughout schools and for general community education.

Key signs used around schools to keep all children and pedestrians safe include:
 
NO PARKING
This allows for parents to drop of for pick up during the times shown on the sign which may vary from school to school.  The maximum time to stop is 2 minutes and the driver must remain in the vehicle or within 3 metres of the vehicle which cannot be left unattended.
NO PARKING
This allows for parents to drop of for pick up during the times shown on the sign which may vary from school to school.  The maximum time to stop is 2 minutes and the driver must remain in the vehicle or within 3 metres of the vehicle which cannot be left unattended.
No-Stopping.jpg NO STOPPING
Stopping is not permitted at any time.
Bus-Zone.jpg BUS ZONE
Stopping or parking is not permitted during the times show on the sign.

Fines and demerit points apply. For more information on fines see Councils parking fines or RMS Search demerit point offenses.

If your school would like to be considered for Council's program please contact the Road Safety Officer on 02 4350 5555.  Note that parents cannot apply on behalf of the school. 

Check out the Centre for Road Safety website for further information on keeping our students safe and Safety Town for primary schools.
 

Safe celebrations and trip planning

With Council’s Late Night Transport Guide, you can now organise your transport home BEFORE you go out.

The Guide is a road safety initiative Central Coast Council and provides a list of local late transport options – including courtesy buses, trains, buses and taxis - as alternatives to ‘drink driving’.

Drink driving is a factor in about 18% of all fatal crashes in NSW and 30% cent of all fatal drink drive crashes occur between 9 pm and 3 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (1).

The guide is aimed at assisting drivers, passengers and pedestrians to make safe choices about returning home after a night out.
 

Learner drivers

Graduated licensing scheme parent workshops

Central Coast Council holds workshops each year for parents and supervisors of learner drivers.

This is a two hour program for parents and other supervisors which provides practical advice to help learner drivers become safer drivers.

The Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) workshop, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, is based on the NSW licensing scheme. This requires learner drivers to have at least 120 hours of supervised practice in a wide variety of situations, including a minimum of 20 hours night time driving.

The workshop covers:

  • planning the supervision of learner drivers
  • information about the changes to L and P plate requirements and restrictions
  • tips for completing the Log Book for learners and the benefits of driving practice
  • providing constructive feedback
  • tips for dealing with the emotional side of teaching and learning to drive

Workshop dates coming in 2017.

Bookings are essential
 

RYDA

RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) is a program delivered to senior high school students to assist them with getting their license and is supported by Council and Rotary. 

The next program on the calandar to be held at Wyong Racecourse is from 6 - 24 March.  For more information contact Road Safety Education Ltd through their website or phone 1300 127 642.

Schools are encouraged to book their preferred dates as soon as possible. Home school, Job Centres and other groups supporting 16-18 year old outside the school system are encouraged to participate. For further booking enquires email bookings@rse.org.au or phone 1300 127 642.
 

Liquor accords

Liquor accords are local voluntary liquor industry partnerships that aim to improve the operation of licensed premises, promote the responsible service and consumption of alcohol and prevent or reduce alcohol related harm, violence and anti-social behaviour.

Accords provide a forum for members to identify local alcohol related issues and develop local responses.

Who are its members?

Accord membership includes the operators of local licensed premises, NSW Police, NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), Central Coast Council and other community organisations and groups.

Contact information

There are two liquor accords operating within the Central Coast as Central Coast Liquor Accords and 150 liquor accords in across NSW. A full list can be viewed on the liquor accords website

For more information on liquor accords the Tuggerah Lakes Liquor Accord contact is Catherine Dougherty on (02) 4384 8824 and Brisbane Water Accord contact is Zane Tredway on 4324 1267.
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Useful links and resources

  • ANCAP Australasian New Car Assessment Program provides consumers with transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection and collision avoidance capabilities of different vehicles.
  • Car Advice provides independent reviews of new vehicles.
  • Celebrate Safely is safe partying guide for young people of the Central Coast.
  • Fatality Free Friday is a campaign with the aim of not a single road death in Australia for just one day.
  • GEARED helps young drivers get their license, teaches about cars and driving skills and tips.
  • How Safe is your Car is great to use if you are considering buying a vehicle  as it provides independent information about the safety of both new and used cars.
  • Kids and Traffic, the NSW Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program.
  • Kidsafe has a road safety page and information on child restrains, driveway safety, pedestrian safety and more.
  • Motor Accidents Authority explains the NSW compulsory third party scheme and has links to publications and to their corporate resources.
  • My Nite provides a basic summary of some of the most relevant laws that apply to you and your friends when you are out having fun.
  • NRMA Hub-Drive page contains information, stories and resources relating to all things drive. 
  • NSW Centre for Road Safety develop practical solutions to reduce death and serious injuries on NSW roads.
  • RYDA is delivered to senior high school students to assist them with getting their license.  See the RYDA website for locations and dates.
  • Youthsafe addresses youth injury on the road, at work, while playing sport and when out socialising with friends.

See the Transport for NSW website for more information on: