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Upcoming road safety events

Free workshop for parents and or/carers of learner drivers:
Helping learner drivers become safer drivers

A workshop to assist parents and supervisors of novice drivers better understand the graduated licensing system (GLS) and support them in the increasing role they can play in making learner drivers safer drivers.

This free workshop will teach parents and supervisors how to plan learner driving lessons, use the learner driver log book and give learners constructive feedback. It also gives parents and supervisors an opportunity to share their experiences with each other.

  • Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: Petersham Service Centre (level 3 function room), 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email christina.ip@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9335 2213.
  • Date: Monday 19 February 2018
  • Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street, Leichhardt
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email chris.johnson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5646.

FREE car seat safety check

You can have your child car restraints, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and correct fit. Children's car restraints will be inspected by RMS Authorised Restraint Fitters

  • Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Leichhardt Marketplace car park, 100/122-138 Flood Street, Leichhardt
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email chris.johnson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5646.
  • Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Leichhardt Marketplace car park, 100/122-138 Flood Street, Leichhardt
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email chris.johnson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5646.
  • Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Woolworths car park, 463 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email christina.ip@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9335 2213.
  • Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Leichhardt Marketplace car park, 100/122-138 Flood Street, Leichhardt
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email chris.johnson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5646.
  • Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Leichhardt Marketplace car park, 100/122-138 Flood Street, Leichhardt
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email chris.johnson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5646.
  • Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Woolworths car park, 463 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place email christina.ip@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9335 2213.

Road safety in Marrickville

Road crashes are an unfortunate part of the daily life of the police and emergency services in the Marrickville area. On average there are two serious crashes and more than one person seriously injured every day on our roads.

Marrickville Council was one of the first councils in NSW to employ a full time Road Safety Officer in 1993. The Road Safety Officer's role is to work with other Council officers, the Police, Roads and Maritime Services, other agencies and the community to identify and reduce the risk of road crashes in the area. Activities include a range of road safety education campaigns and programs to encourage safe road user behaviour.

Each year Marrickville Council prepares a Crash Analysis Report – which is authorized by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) – as part of Council's Road Safety Program.

Key facts from the 2013 statistical overview:

  • In 2013 there were 559 RMS reported crashes in Marrickville LGA – 3 fatal crashes, 256 injury crashes and 300 non-casualty (tow-away) crashes
  • In 2013 three people were killed and 293 people were injured (ie. 296 casualties) in the 259 casualty crashes
  • Pedestrians were the highest ranking identified issue, followed by Fatigue and Motorcycles

For more information on Road Safety contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 9335 2207 or email rso@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

Speeding

In NSW speeding is a factor in about 40 per cent of road deaths each year.

For information on speeding in NSW go to http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/speeding/index.html.

In 2013 there were three fatalities in the Marrickville Local Government Area (LGA) and speeding continues to be a major contributing factor of all injury crashes within Marrickville and across NSW.

50km/h: the default urban speed limit

Since 1 November 2003 the default urban speed limit in NSW is 50km/h. This replaces the previous default urban speed limit of 60km/h. The speed limit of 50km/h applies as soon as you turn off a road signposted at 60km/h or higher onto any road without a speed sign.

Road safety research shows that reducing the speed limit reduces the number of crashes and serious injuries that occur on our roads. This is especially true for the more vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists, children and the elderly.

Useful links

Information about fines and demerit points relating to speeding offences: