Before travelling this holiday season ensure your vehicle is prepared for the road ahead. To assist with a safe journey the Automobile Association of the NT (AANT) is holding a free vehicle health check at Bunnings Bagot Road, Saturday 5 December 9am - 1pm. Qualified mechanics will provide a basic written report on some key components of your vehicle and there will be free giveaways on the day. 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?
Road Safety Community Grants of up to $5000 are now available for local community groups to develop and implement road safety projects. Not-for-profit Northern Territory based community organisations, local government and schools which want to develop and implement projects to address local road safety concerns and increase road safety awareness are encouraged to apply. Find out more information about who is eligible and how to apply for the Road Safety Community Grants. Applications for funding close December 1, 2015.
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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