Strathfield Council is committed to making improvements to road safety in the Strathfield Council local government area for people who live, work or visit the area. Council employs a Road Safety Officer to run public education campaigns to highlight road safety issues and to support Council’s Traffic Engineer to address local road safety concerns. Council’s Road Safety Officer works with other local agencies including the Police, community groups, schools and the Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA) to undertake road safety initiatives and to disseminate important road safety information to the community.

At present there are three main areas of road safety concern in the Strathfield Council local government area. These are young drivers, speed and adult pedestrians.

Data obtained from Roads and Maritime Services show that in the Strathfield Council local government area for the 5 year period between 2007 and 2011, young drivers are over-represented in crashes, making up 24% of all motor vehicle drivers involved in crashes. Data shows that 8% of all road crashes in Strathfield involved speeding. Data also shows that 26-39 year old and senior (60+ year old) pedestrians are over-represented in pedestrian crashes, being involved in 43% and 36% respectively of all pedestrian crashes.

Other current areas of road safety concern for Council include pedestrian safety, safety around schools, occupant restraint use, fatigue, alcohol and motorcyclist safety.

Projects to address these areas and any other road safety concerns that may arise are run each year with funding from Council and the Roads and Maritime Services. These projects are targeted at the relevant groups or the general population and are designed to increase the awareness of road safety and its importance in our lives.

During Road Rules Awareness Week in February each year, road users are encouraged to phone the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) contact centre on 13 22 13 to have their questions answered. Road safety experts can help provide advice on even the most complicated enquiries quickly and clearly.

Road users are also invited to view the NSW Road Users Handbook.

Road Rules Awareness Week provides an annual opportunity for drivers to refresh their knowledge of existing rules and learn details of new or changed rules. It also allows pedestrians, motorcyclists, passengers and cyclists to better understand the rules and improve their safety on or near the road.

The RMS publication Top 10 misunderstood road rules in NSW provides simple answers to many road rule questions, including how to indicate at a roundabout, when to use high-beam and fog lights, and when it is permitted to make a U-turn at traffic lights.

For further information or to obtain a printed copy of the brochure Top 10 misunderstood road rules in NSW, please visit the Strathfield Council’s Customer Service at 65 Homebush Road, Strathfield, the Strathfield Library at 65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush or contact Council’s Road Safety Officer on 9748 9619.