Whitehorse City Council

Road Safety

ParksRoadTransportRoadSafetyCouncil 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 behavioral programs that aim to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes within our municipality. The strategy follows the ‘Safe System’ approach adopted by VicRoads that explains that we can all play a role in reducing road trauma by having safe road users, in safe vehicles, on safe roads. 

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

Fit to Drive is a road safety program for pre-learner and learner drivers that aim 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 Vic Roads 'Keys Please' program, and the 'Looking after Our Mates' program. 


The L2P Learner 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 DL brochure Nov 2016 (1.89MB)More information for people wishing to join the L2P program as a volunteer can be found at www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Volunteering.html

 

Court Room Drama is an excursion available to schools who have participated in the Fit to Drive program within Whitehorse. The Court Room Drama program is an interactive program held at the old Melbourne Magistrates Court that gives Year 11 and 12 students an insight into the real-life court processes of a young male who is charged with culpable driving. 

Information about other road safety programs for young people is available in
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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.

Keeping Safe and Mobile  is a two-hour seminar that aims to keep older drivers on the roads for as long as possible by providing them with the latest information on medical conditions, legal responsibilities, insurance, choosing a safe car, alternative transport options, and avoiding social isolation. The seminar, organised and funded by RoadSafe Eastern Metro, the TAC and RACV in partnership with Council, is open to senior drivers as well as their friends and families.

 

Wiser Driver  is a series of refresher seminars over a four week period 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.

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.

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. 

 

Walking School Bus  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. Students also learn important road safety skills from trained volunteers.

 

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. Information about other school programs is available in pdf icon  Road Safety Programs for Primary Schools (1.05MB).

 

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. Details of the fitting dates are advertised in the Whitehorse Leader newspaper in the weeks leading up to the event. Bookings are essential. We are, however, unable to keep a waiting list for future events.

Vehicle Safety: vehicles that are not roadworthy pose a risk to occupants and other road users. 

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. 


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 Travel Behaviour Advisor or email customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au