Road safety awareness gets big boost from community event

7 June 2019

Road users from around Coffs Harbour have benefited from a free community safety event held in Woolgoolga last week on Fatality Free Friday.

Roads and Maritime Services Acting Director Northern Vicky Sisson said motorists and other citizens picked up important advice on how they can be safe on the road during the Community Road Safety Awareness event held on May 31, particularly the parents of some of the region’s youngest road users.

“The day included free child car seat inspections and of the six child seats checked by the trained inspector on the day, three were immediately referred to the local authorised restraint fitter for correction,” Ms Sisson said.

“Child restraints that aren’t properly secured can fail in the event of a crash, endangering not only the life of the child but also others in the vehicle.

“Promoting road safety for every age group can prevent crashes, save lives and reduce serious injuries.”

Primary school children and their families were engaged on issues including seatbelts, staying in booster seats until 145cm tall, making sure they  Stop Look Listen Think before crossing the road, holding adult hands when crossing the road and wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or other wheeled toy.

Conveners talked with young drivers about choosing safer vehicles, safer driver courses, free programs including keys2Drive and Free2Go, and rules around mobile phone use.

Drivers were given information on towing caravans, the importance of choosing safer vehicles and loading cars, caravans and trailers correctly.

Even backpackers passing through the area picked up tips about the importance of seatbelt usage and keeping left on roads.

All attendees were urged to buy the newest and safest vehicles they could afford and encouraged to check safety ratings for new and used cars.

The event was a collaboration between Coffs Harbour City Council, NSW Fair Trading and Roads and Maritime Services.

For more information, go to Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety and ChildCarSeats.

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