New laws for drug driving in the Northern Territory will commence from 1 February 2016. Northern Territory Police will have the power to require any driver to provide a saliva sample for drug driving testing. Police will continue to test for the same range of illicit drugs, but will now be able to conduct random testing on more drivers. The new laws aim to reduce the incidence of drug driving and the number of people killed and seriously injured as a result of drug driving. Read the media release and find out more about the new laws and penalties for drug driving.
From Monday 25 January 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. 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.
Each year many Territorians travel long distances by car to visit friends and family throughout the Territory and the rest of Australia. 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 this this holiday season ensure your vehicle is prepared, you know the road conditions ahead and you have planned a route to get you there and back safely. Find our more information with our safe holiday travel guide and ensure your journey is a safer more enjoyable one.
The 2015 Who’s your Sober Bob? campaign encourages Territorians not to drink and drive and plan ahead, using a designated driver or ‘Sober Bob’ to get home safely this holiday season. Sober Bob may not necessarily be the person you are out with. Sober Bob can also be a bus driver, taxi driver, mum, brother, girlfriend, or uncle. The aim of the campaign is to reduce and prevent alcohol-related road trauma on Territory roads, as well as reducing and preventing other alcohol-related harm to individuals and communities. Find out more about the Sober Bob campaign and read the media release. Always remember to ask the question, Who’s your Sober Bob?
Following completion of work to upgrade major highways, including the Stuart Highway, the Northern Territory Government announced the introduction of a 12 month derestricted speed zone trial on a 204 kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek. The trial commenced on 1 February 2014. On 1 September 2014, the trial was extended to include a further 72 kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway from Barrow Creek to just south of the Ali Curung overpass following completion of further road improvements. On 1 February 2015, the Department of Transport announced a review of the trial, considering vehicle numbers, type and speed, crash data and enforcement data. A review of the first 12 months of the trial has been completed and the Open Speed Trial Review (pdf 160Kb) is now available. Find out more about the trial zone.
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.
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