Chief Minister Adam Giles and the Northern Territory's Road Safety Ambassador, V8 Super Car driver Jason Bright launched the 2013 Who's Your Sober Bob? Christmas campaign in the Darwin Mall recently. The Designated Driver campaign is about encouraging Territorians to plan a safe way home before they head out drinking. A Sober Bob can be the bus driver, taxi driver, a family member or mate. In fact a Sober Bob can be anyone who is willing to get you home safely. Around 50 percent of Territory fatalities are alcohol related, so its important to stay safe this festive season. The campaign will run throughout the Territory from mid November for approximately 6 weeks. Find out more about the Sober Bob campaign and read the media release.
Wearing a seatbelt doubles your chances of surviving a serious crash. It only takes 2 seconds to put your seatbelt on and by doing so could save your life and the lives of others in the car. By law drivers are responsible for making sure all passengers are restrained regardless of age. They also need to ensure that children are properly restrained by a suitable and approved child car seat or seatbelt. Over the last ten years (2003-2012) 356 people were killed while driving vehicles on our roads. Nearly 50% (168) of these people killed were not wearing seatbelt.
Commencing 1 July 2013, increases will apply to a number Traffic Infringement Notices, as a deterrent to drivers from a road safety and public interest perspective. Additional fine increases have also been identified to the financial penalty for drink and drug driving offences. The increases to fines make Territory Infringement Notices comparable to fines in other jurisdictions. View the full summary of increased infringement fines.
Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced Jason Bright from Brad Jones Racing (BJR) as the Northern Territory Road Safety Ambassador. The Road Safety unit from the Department of Transport will work with BJR to help increase road safety awareness for all Territorians. Jason Bright said he was excited about the new partnership “This partnership with BJR, and my being an ambassador for the road safety program, will help further capitalise on what has already proven to be a successful approach for The Territory and I can't wait to get started,” he said. Read the full media release.
The Northern Territory Government is introducing new laws for children travelling in vehicles on 1 February 2013. These new laws will require all children in the under 7 years of age to be secured in an approved child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a car or vehicle. The type of the restraint depends on the age of the child. The new laws are based on the Australian Road Rules and are designed to ensure that children are better protected when travelling in cars and other vehicles. Find out more about the new child car restraint laws.
The Ichthys LNG project is now underway, with construction happening at the Howard Springs Workers Accommodation Village and around the Blaydin Point site. The Department of Transport has worked with INPEX, through a joint Transport Committee, as the company developed its Traffic Management Plan for the Ichthys project. The Plan is an overarching document that addresses the impact on our transport network of project-related work by INPEX and its sub-contractors, including JKC. Find out more about the Ichthys project, including the Traffic Management Plan.
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