Road Safety is Everybody's Business
Coffs Harbour City Council has been actively involved in the NSW Road Safety Program since 1996. One aspect of this program is the employment of a Road Safety Officer to implement the programs in partnership with the Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA).
Since 1996 there has been a steady reduction in the number of crashes and casualties on Coffs Harbour roads, despite a substantial increase in traffic volumes.
Local Government is responsible for the maintenance and construction of more than 80% of roads. 50% of serious crashes are on local roads.
23% % of all injury-related crashes in the Coffs harbour LGA involve excess speed. Learn more:
Staying Safe - external link from the RMS
2012 Crashes in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area
321 reported crashes involving 499 drivers
68% were local drivers
68% were on roads posted 60kph or less
29% were under the age of 25
61% were male
23% of crashes involved excessive speed
6% of drivers had an illegal blood alcohol count.
Roads, vehicles and speeds should be designed to reduce the risk of crashes and to protect people when a crash occurs. This is known as a safe system approach.
The Safe System approach is a shared responsibility between those who:
- Plan, construct and maintain the network
- Use the network (drivers, riders, pedestrians)
- Manufacture vehicles
- Enforce road user behaviour
Strategies are based on :
- Safe roads
- Safe vehicles
- Safe people