In accordance with the Road Safety Strategic Plan, the City of Casey has implemented a number of programs and local initiatives designed to address many of the strategic issues as documented in the plan.
Safe Routes to Schools
This road safety program is promoted strongly in areas which relatively high incidence of child pedestrian and bicycle accidents occur. It helps to identify the factors involved in children’s accidents, and develops integrated engineering and education actions to improve road safety around participating schools. The Safe Routes to Schools program is offered to schools within the municipality in areas with significant number of child pedestrian crashes.
Not So Fast
The Not So Fast program is a new road safety program coordinated by the City of Casey in partnership with VicRoads and Victoria Police. The program promotes drivers to reduce speed and increase safety within the municipality, to achieve greater safety for all roads user groups. The implementation of the speed trailer placed in local streets, in strip shopping centres and outside schools and retirement villagers will gauge speed level within the area. This will highlight areas in need of enforcement by local Police.
Looking After Our Mates
This program was introduced to target the general community, youth, sporting clubs and business/ industries concerning safety implications when drink driving. Looking After Our Mates will raise awareness of the affects of alcohol on drivers and pedestrians and provide the public with strategies to reduce incidence of drink related casualties. The program will promote responsible drinking and driving within the municipality.
The Keys Please program targets learner drivers and their parents. This program emphasises the need for learner drivers to develop safe driving skills by gaining extensive experience in a wide range of driving situations and conditions. By trying to promote safety within the municipality Keys Please will focus on year 10 and 11 students from local schools by running informative information sessions. These sessions will highlight risk factor, statistics to illustrate the dangerous reality for learners and novice drivers, road laws, advice on how parents and supervising drivers can assist the learner driver and the procedures and process involved for obtaining a learners permit.
Keeping Older Drivers Safe and Mobile
The implementation of the Keeping Older Drivers Safe and Mobile program encourages older drivers to take responsibility for their driving futures and that they assess their own driving performance regularly. The City of Casey will focus on older drivers aged 65 years and over within the municipality and will promote road safety strategies to improve the safety of older drivers and maintain their mobility.
The Transport Accident Commission has introduced a program SafeCar Project aimed at improving safety on the roads by demonstrating the benefits of emerging vehicle safety technologies to manufacturers, company fleets, and motorists. The City of Casey involvement will be valuable in promoting safe driving within the municipality, it will also aid in the reduction of fuel costs and minimise damage to the environment.
Getting it Right
Getting it Right program focuses on seat belts and child restraints and the safety implications in relation to inappropriate usage. By educating parents on the correct procedures involved in restraining their children when travelling, may prevent injuries and death if in a collision.
For further information please contact the City of Casey, Road Safety Officer.