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Road safety

Road safety is everybody's responsibility. We are committed to keeping you safe when out on the roads — we work with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and NSW Police to address road safety issues in our local community.

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

Speed is a contributing factor in almost 1 in 5 crashes in Port Stephens. We support the enforcement of speed in Port Stephens to 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.

Council's Urban Default Speed program targets speeding behaviours on 50 km/hr streets, including:

  • 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 short, or what time of day it is. Fatigue is a factor in 1 in 10 crashes in Port Stephens:

  • 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 of 0.05.

Driver reviver sites operate throughout Australia's main roads, including Port Stephens. During school holidays and long weekends they offer free tea and coffee to drivers.

Our 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.

We work with the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation during school holidays to promote pedestrian safety messages in popular locations.

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. It 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.

Motorcycling the Hunter

The Hunter Region is home to some of the most popular motorcycling routes in the State. This guide has been developed to showcase some of the Hunter’s best motorcycling routes and increase safety knowledge for riders.

Download the latest interactive Motorcycling the Hunter booklet (PDF 5MB)


Road Safety and Traffic Officer