Whitehorse City Council

Road Safety

Safe System GraphicCouncil recognises that road safety is a major factor in the health and wellbeing of the Whitehorse community and undertakes to provide leadership by implementing the pdf icon Road Safety Strategy 2013 (2.12MB)

The Community Road Safety Strategy guides Council’s actions to implement behavioural programs that aim to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes within our municipality. The strategy follows the ‘Safe System’ approach adopted by State Government, which acknowledges that:

  • We all make mistakes
  • That the human body can only withstand a certain amount of force
  • That road safety is the shared responsibility of all road users.

There are 4 pillars of the Safe System: Safer Roads, Safer Speeds, Safer Vehicles and Safer Road Users. All four pillars are required to improve road safety.

For road safety statistics in the municipality, view the pdf icon Overview of Road Crashes in Whitehorse (41.85kB) fact sheet compiled by VicRoads. Further statistics and information about crashes can be obtained by visiting the CrashStats on the ‘Data.Vic’ website.


Road Safety in Whitehorse 

A sample of the education programs implemented by Council are listed below. These programs have been developed and implemented in response to the identified road safety issues in Whitehorse and suggestions from our community. A full list of activities is contained in Council’s Road Safety Strategy.

What is the issue?

How is Council addressing the issue?

Speed  is a major cause of crashes within Whitehorse. The faster we go, the less time we have to react to the road conditions, and the more severe the injuries and damage to the vehicle will be.
 
Safe System Pillar:
SAFER SPEEDS

Not So Fast is a speed awareness program that aims to remind motorists to slow down, drive carefully, and to be aware of other road users, particularly in local streets and 40 km/h school speed zones. Council currently owns six speed observation trailers that use radar to detect the speed of oncoming vehicles and display it on a trailer mounted display unit. The use of speed trailers is complimented with education, engineering and promotional activities.

 

Novice drivers: drivers and passengers 16-25 years of age are over represented in crashes within Whitehorse.  The main causes of crashes involving young people are inexperience, risk taking and peer pressure. 
 
Safe System Pillar:
SAFER ROAD USERS

Road Smart is the Year 10 road safety education and training program for young drivers. The program targets young people when they are just starting their driving, either before or after getting their Learners Permit.


Fit to Drive is a road safety program for Year 11 students that aims to address the disproportionate representation of young drivers in road crashes. Fit to Drive is a half day workshop delivered in secondary schools and compliments the ‘Road Smart’ program, and the 'Looking after Our Mates' program.  
   
The L2PLearner Driver Mentor Program assists young disadvantaged learner drivers to gain the 120 hours of supervised driving practice needed to get their probationary licence. Learner drivers who do not have access to a vehicle or a supervising driver are matched with trained volunteers who mentor young people through the learning to drive phase. This innovative and worthwhile program runs in partnership with VicRoads and Manningham City Council. Further information about the program is listed in the pdf icon L2P brochure (1.89MB)To apply to be an L2P Mentor, please complete this pdf icon  application form (292.10kB). For more information about volunteering in general, visit  www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Volunteering.html
 
Court Room Drama is an excursion available to schools who have participated in the Road Smart program within Whitehorse. The program is held at the old Melbourne Magistrates Court and gives students (Year 10+) an insight into the real-life court processes of a young male who is charged with culpable driving.
 
Looking After Our Mates is road safety program for Year 12 students that focuses on the effect of alcohol and drugs on driving and the need for young people to look after their mates.
 
Information about other road safety programs for young people is available in
pdf icon 
Funding for Secondary School Road Safety Programs (465.57kB).

Older road users: Whitehorse has an ageing population. Council wants to ensure that older residents remain safe and mobile in our community so that they can continue to lead active and fulfilling lives.
 
Safe System Pillar:
SAFER ROAD USERS

Wiser Driver is a four week course for older drivers. The program aims to help to keep participants safe on the roads and make more informed decisions about their future transport options. There is no on-road component to the program.
 
Wiser Walker Wiser Traveller is a four week course that looks at all of the transport options available, other than driving, such as public transport, taxis, community transport and walking and cycling.
 
Seniors Stepping Out Safely is a 45 minute presentation about staying safe while being a pedestrian. This talk busts several myths about walking, and encourages older people to think about their own safety while out and about.
 

Early childhood and school aged road users: young children need assistance from parents and carers to learn the skills to be safe in traffic. Adults need to be good role models as children learn most from observing the behaviours of others. 

Safe System Pillar:
SAFER ROAD USERS

Bike Ed: Council provides funding to allow primary and secondary school teachers to be trained as Bike Ed instructors. The teachers are then able to deliver Bike Ed programs to promote safe, healthy and sustainable transport options in their school community. 
 
Walk to School Month (October) aims to increase the health of primary school students through encouraging walking to and from school while helping to reduce traffic congestion and lessening the negative effects of car use on the environment.
 
Transit assists Grade 6 students prepare for secondary school in the following year. Transport options such as walking, cycling and using public transport are discussed as well as tips for using them safely pdf icon Download further details about the Transit program, including the booking form. (241.92kB).
 
Information about other school programs is available in pdf icon Primary School Programs Summary (381.02kB).
 
Child restraint fittings are hosted one to two times per year to assist parents with installing child restraints in their cars. Professional child restraint fitters install the restraints and explain the safety requirements for our young community members.
 
All children under 7 must use a child restraint or booster. For more details, visit the VicRoads website

Vehicle Safety: vehicles that are not roadworthy pose a risk to occupants and other road users.
 
Safe System Pillar:
SAFER VEHICLES

Safer Driving Safer Cars: Council has endorsed the ‘Safer Driving Safer Cars’ program that aims to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes involving Council staff. Council undertakes to purchase fleet vehicles with increased safety features and to educate employees on their responsibilities to exercise safe driving behaviour. Council’s vehicles are usually sold into the community as second hand cars, so the benefits of Council purchasing safer vehicles are passed on to the wider community.
 

Safety improvements to roads.
 
Safe System Pillar:
SAFER ROADS

Spot Safety and Road Renewal Programs: Council completes projects each year to ensure that local roads are in good condition and to improve safety for all road users.
 
Black Spot Programs are funded by the state and federal government and aim to make road improvements at high risk crash locations.


Road Safety Partners

Council works closely with the community and other organisations to ensure that our road safety programs are relevant and effective. For further information on some of these partners and their own road safety programs, please follow the links below:

For further information about our road safety programs, please phone 9262 6333 and ask to speak to Council’s Senior Transport Project Officer or email customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au