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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.

Things to remember when using the shared paths:

  • Shared paths are used by both pedestrians and bicycles and care should be taken in areas of high pedestrian activity.  Slow down to walking speed.
  • Keep to the left on the path, this allows others to safely pass you if they wish.
  • Warn pedestrians of your approach by ringing your bell or call out 'coming through'.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists who wish to stop, should move off the path so they don't obstruct path users.
  • If you are walking with your dog, please keep it on a short lead and on the left.

The shared paths have several road crossing points which require the pedestrians and cyclists to give way to the vehicular traffic using the road. Young children under the age of 10 years should be well supervised by an adult even on quiet back streets and should be taught to keep to the left.

By law, all cyclists, regardless of age, must wear an Australian standards approved bicycle helmet whenever they ride.

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 in 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 16MB)