Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer is reminding motorists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant on our roads during Road Rules Awareness Week.
“Road Rules Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity for all drivers to reflect and improve on their driving habits,” Ms Lausz said.
“Motorists, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians all have a shared responsibility when using the road,” she said. “It’s up to all of us to do the right thing and ensure we keep our roads safe for all users.”
The theme chosen by the Roads and Maritime Services for this year’s campaign is ‘Towards Zero’.
“This year’s theme is a stark reminder that road deaths are closer to home than you think,” Ms Lausz said. “The road toll is not just a number, it’s real people and could include your family and friends.”
“Towards Zero” highlights the human element of the road toll and encourages all road users to change the way they think about road safety.
“The choices we all make behind the wheel need to be smarter and safer if we’re to move towards a zero road toll,” Ms Lausz added.
“Any death or serious injury on our roads is ultimately too many.”
As part of this year’s campaign, road users have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the road rules and learn about new safety measures.
“Many drivers study the road rules when they sit for their initial driver’s licence,” Ms Lausz said. “But refreshing our knowledge of existing rules and learning the details of new or changed rules can be just as important.”
“Rules surrounding mobile phones for instance may have been non-existent when some motorists sat for their licence.”
To view the NSW Road Users Handbook including the top 10 misunderstood road rules visit www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/roadrules.html.
To see more tips or to partake in an online interactive Question & Answer session with Bernard Carlon, Executive Director from the Centre for Road Safety, log on to www.facebook.com/nswroadsafety on Thursday 2 March between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
Road Rules Awareness Week will be held from Monday 27 February through until Sunday 5 March.