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 2014 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?
The Northern Territory Government in partnership with Skinnyfish Music have created the 2015 Road Safety Short Film Competition. The competition aims to promote and develop creative road safety messages that have been developed by people within our regional communities and towns. Schools, individuals and groups are encouraged to get behind a camera or smart phone and try to win part of the $4000 prize money spread across several prize categories. Winners will be announced and shown at the 2015 Barunga Festival. This competition supersedes the previous community Road Safety Song Competitions that were held in various regional communities. For more information contact Skinnyfish Music via their Barunga Festival website or Facebook page.
The aim of Rider Awareness Week (RAW) is to increase the awareness for all road users about the need to share the roads and look out for each other. Motorcycle riders are some of our most vulnerable road users and are 25 times more likely than motor vehicle occupants to be killed in the event of a crash. As a rider, be alert, wear the right safety gear, protect yourself and make sure you can be seen by other drivers. As a driver, check your blind spots for motorcyclists and acknowledge riders when sharing the road. The week includes a free Motorcycle Safety Event on Saturday 18 October at Cyclone Motorcycles. Download the RAW flyer (pdf 490Kb) or find out more from the Rider Awareness Northern Territory Facebook site .
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.
The Road Safety All Stars Band is a group of six talented Indigenous Territorians who are determined to make a difference through music. The band, supported by Artback NT and proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government, aims to engage Indigenous people in road safety. The band will write, record and deliver road safety messages directly to communities at local concerts or at events such as music festivals, through social media and Bluetooth. The Road Safety All Stars Band are at the forefront of delivery and advocacy for change in their communities and represent many language groups. Read the NT Government media release and find out more from Artback NT.
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