Road Safety

Safety on our roads is everyone's responsibility.

We are focusing on strategies to improve road safety, and develop community support and awareness. These strategies target speed on local roads, fatigue, drink and drug driving and distractions.

JOE RIDER MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS

Singleton residents could win prizes and help keep motorcyclists safe by spotting “Joe Rider” on local roads in October and submitting your sighting online here.

This is the first year the Joe Rider program has been rolled out across the Hunter region, with Road Safety Officers from Singleton, Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook, MidCoast, Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock Councils teaming up to launch the campaign. 

We want all road users to look out for, and notice motorcycle riders – particularly in our urban areas. 

Joe Rider is easy to spot, with riders adorning fluro yellow vests with Joe Rider branding. By registering a Joe Rider sighting, participants could win daily $50 vouchers and a grant prize of $250 at the end of the week.

The Joe Rider campaign is all about encouraging drivers to look out for motorcyclists. The intention is to reduce the incidence of SMIDSY (“sorry mate, I didn’t see you”) that many riders have experienced. 

We know motorcycles are smaller and less visible than other vehicles, which makes them more easily overlooked by other road users, particularly at roundabouts and intersections. We are hoping for local road users to develop some new good habits this month, like regularly checking blindspots, using mirrors, caution at intersections — helping motorcyclists ride to live.

 Competition details

Spot Joe Rider wearing their high visibility vest, record what road, suburb and time you spotted ‘Joe’ and enter into the daily draw to win a $50 voucher.  All entries, including the daily winners, will go into the grand prize draw at the end of the week to win a $250 voucher.

The Joe Rider competition opens 8am Monday 19 October 2020 and closes 5pm Friday 23 October 2020 

Winners will be contacted by phone to collect their voucher.

How to enter

Complete the entry form at this link

Terms and Conditions

Click here to view the terms and conditions

TOWARDS ZERO

You can find out more about how many road crashes occur in NSW at Crash statistics for NSW. Your behaviour on our roads is critical to the goal of a zero road toll. Let's all work together Towards Zero.

Information on road safety for all road user groups can be found at Transport for NSW - Centre for Road Safety.

ROAD RULES REFRESHER

How should you indicate at a roundabout? When can you use your high beam and fog lights? Can you do a U-turn at traffic lights? What do the yellow lines mean? When's the last time you refreshed your knowledge of road rules?

The Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules outlines the road rules most commonly misunderstood by road users. You can also download the Road User Handbook for a road rule refresher.

KEEPING KIDS SAFE

Many children are killed or injured in car crashes every year. Some of these deaths and injuries could be prevented or reduced if the right child car seat is used correctly. Make the safest choice and the right fit for your child.

RULES FOR KIDS IN CARS

There are national child restraint laws for children being restrained correctly in a motor vehicle. Did you know there are also rules restricting children travelling in the front seat of a vehicle? All the answers about keeping kids safe in cars can be found at Transport for NSW - Centre for Road Safety.

BE A ROAD SAFETY ROLE MODEL

How you behave every day in the road environment teaches your child. If you run across roads, take shortcuts and avoid using pedestrian crossings, don't wear your helmet when riding a bike or don't buckle up every trip, your child learns and follows your example.

Be a road safety champion and not only tell your children but show them every day the correct way to act safely on and near roads. To assist your quest in being a road safety champion information can be found at Transport for NSW - Centre for Road Safety.