Friday 22 May 2015 is National Walk Safely to School Day. This annual event aims to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and other important health benefits of walking to school safely. Parents are encouraged to walk their Primary School children to school on this day and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour around roads. Children up to eight years should always hold an adults hand on the footpath, in the car park, or when crossing the road. If riding a bike or scooter to school always wear a helmet, bright coloured clothing and only cross at a school or pedestrian crossing. For more information, visit www.walk.com.au.
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 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.
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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