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Road safety is everybody's responsibility and we are committed to keeping you safe when out on the roads. Council is a long-term partner in the Local Government Road Safety Program. We work with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and NSW Police to address road safety issues in our local community.

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The following strategies have been identified to improve road safety in Port Stephens:

The Safer Motorcycle Routes Project is a joint initiative between Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock Council. The project aims to lessen motorcycle crashes on recreational routes throughout the region.

The project is closely aligned with objectives outlined in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011 - 2020.

Along with active motorcyclists, NSW Police, the Motorcycle Council of Australia and NSW Roads and Maritime Services, this project identified 3 key needs:

  1. 'safe system' principles being applied to major road designs including clear zones, realignment and increased delineation
  2. awareness of motorcycle riders' needs and issues
  3. for NSW Police to target speed enforcement

This project is a long-term vision shared by the partner Councils to create safer roads. The community will benefit through the reduction of accidents and the severity of crashes.

Speed is a contributing factor in almost 19% of all crashes in Port Stephens.

Council supports the enforcement of speed in Port Stephens. Enforcing speed limits will help reduce the likelihood of crashes and improve crash outcomes. Council works in partnership with NSW Highway Patrol to provide:

  • data to support targeted enforcement on local streets
  • state-wide enforcement operations
  • increasing the number of sites for Mobile Speed Cameras.

Councils Urban Default Speed program targets speeding behaviours on 50 km/hr streets. This program includes:

  • collecting data on speed and volume of vehicles
  • installation of 50 km/hr Urban Area speed campaign messaging
  • installation of a speed activated radar display sign
  • requests for targeted police enforcement.

Fatigue-related crashes can happen on any trip no matter how long or short or what time of day it is. It is important to think about how tired you are before you drive and to recognise the warning signs of driver fatigue. Fatigue is a factor in 11% of crashes in Port Stephens.

Driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll. Research has shown that fatigue can be as dangerous as other road safety issues:

  • fatigue-related crashes are twice as likely to be fatal;
  • being awake for 18 hours has a similar effect on performance as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05.

The 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' campaign will start in selected cafes in the Port Stephens area in 2018. A free cup of tea or coffee is available to drivers who have travelled over 100km from home.

Driver reviver sites operate throughout Australia's main roads. During school holidays and long weekends they offer free tea and coffee to drivers. There are a number located on roads in Port Stephens.

Councils 'Safety around Port Stephens Schools' program provides educational signage for display on school fences.

These signs can also be referred to by the Schools for the following purposes:

  • Kindergarten orientation handouts
  • School newsletters
  • School social media

The NSW Centre for Road Safety has a number of initiatives to help keep children safe around school zones.

Council's 'Holiday Time' project provides pedestrian safety messaging around beachside access (working with the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation) and in council Holiday Parks during the summer school holiday periods.

These campaigns serve as an important reminder to the local community and to tourists about the importance of children's safety on, and near, the road.

In addition to these localised strategies, there are a number of state-wide road safety campaigns targeting:


Road Safety and Traffic Officer