From Monday 20 July roads around schools are about to become very busy again, as young Territorians return to school. Parents should remind children about road safety and park safely when dropping off or picking up students from school. A helpful checklist has been developed to assist with getting your child to and from school safely. Motorists are urged to keep a watchful eye for children around school zones and school zone speed limits of 40 km/h apply between 7am and 5pm on school days, so slow down and expect the unexpected. Failure to observe school zone speed limits can incur a fine and the loss of three demerit points.
Is your vehicle safe? Is the road safe? Is your journey safe? Each year many Territorians travel long distances by car to visit friends and family throughout the Territory and the rest of Australia. This is particularly the case around mid-year, school holidays and the end of year holiday season. While the reasons and the destinations visited are varied, we all need to ensure we plan and prepare for a safe journey before leaving home. Find our more information and tips to ensure the journey is a safer more enjoyable one and you arrive and return home safely.
The winners of the 2015 Road Safety Short Film Competition have recently been announced. There was a good spread of ideas and talent around road safety and the issues that affect all of us in the community. The film festival is a partnership with the Northern Territory Government and Skinnyfish Music. The competition was aimed at promoting and developing creative road safety messages to be developed by people within regional communities and towns. Schools, individuals and groups were encouraged to get behind a camera or smart phone and try to win part of the $4000 prize money spread across several prize categories. This competition supersedes the previous community Road Safety Song Competitions that were held in various regional communities.
A one year open speed trial commenced on 1 February 2014 on a section of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs to just south of Barrow Creek. From 1 September 2014 the existing open speed trial will include a new 72 kilometre stretch of the Highway from Barrow Creek to just south of the Ali Curung Rail Overpass. Find out more information about the Open Speed trial, speed penalties and how to drive safely to conditions.
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