Transport for NSW has announced the launch of Road Rules Awareness Week 2015 in an effort to educate drivers and pedestrians of potential car accident risks.
Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast said the campaign, which started earlier this week, is an excellent opportunity for people to remind themselves of road guidelines.
The more informed people are, the better chance they have to avoid car accident injuries on NSW roads, she stated.
“Knowing the road rules is an essential part of everyone’s role in keeping our roads safe, and Road Rules Awareness Week helps us update our knowledge and answer some of the questions we are asking ourselves,” she stated.
Ms Prendergast encouraged individuals to check the Roads and Maritime Services agency webpage to see the Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules animations. She claimed the page has already received 120,000 visits.
“Some of the most viewed road rule animations include roundabouts, mobile phone use, merging and keeping left,” she stated.
“This is telling us the community wants to find out more about these rules and this is important, because these are things that affect our safety, particularly when it comes to distractions and high-speed situations when the outcome can be severe.”
What issues are contributing to car accidents?
Road safety officers across local government agencies highlighted a number of problems drivers face on the roads, both in the city and out in the country.
Parking near intersections, queuing across intersections and how pedestrians should cross the road at traffic lights were considered the biggest issues in metropolitan locations.
“Meanwhile, in country areas, people want to know more about rules around children’s crossings, giving way at T-intersections, overtaking and stop signs and lines,” Ms Prendergast commented.
However, one question that was relevant in all areas was what the default speed limit is when there are no prominent signs. Drivers were advised that 50 kilometres an hour is typically the limit in urban areas.
According to Ms Prendergast, drivers shouldn’t stop trying to improve just because they have passed their test; people need to continuously develop their knowledge and experience to maintain safety on the roads.
“Whether you’re a driver, rider, pedestrian, cyclist or passenger – we all have a role to play in keeping our roads and each other safe so make sure you know what the road rules are and stick to them,” she concluded.