Road Safety Program
The Road Safety Officer serving the Bland Shire is Michelle Doolan. Michelle is based in Temora but spends at least one day in each week at West Wyalong and Cootamundra.
The Road Safety Officer is responsible for:
- the development and implementation of each Council's Road Safety Strategic and Action Plans
- the facilitation of the Local Government Road Safety program in each Council, fostering existing partnerships and encouraging wider community ownership and participation in road safety issues
- the development, co-ordination and implementation of local and contribution towards state-wide and regional road initiatives
- liaison with local community (including service providers, local stakeholders, groups and individuals) to develop and deliver road safety messages
- liaison with local and state government agencies and peak representative bodies, the media and educational establishments in order to develop a platform for delivering the road safety message
- meeting, reporting, monitoring, evaluation and budget management requirements according to the Program Agreement between each Council (the employer) and the Roads and Traffic Authority (funding client).
Obviously the role of each RSO is to enhance and support the State Governments plan Road Safety 2010, with the 3 key areas being:
- Safer people
- Safer roads
- Safer vehicles
The RSO, NSW Police, RTA and local governments will endeavour to implement initiatives and improve road safety at a local level by promoting greater involvement and better coordination with all road safety stakeholders.
Behavioural issues such as speeding, drink driving, driver fatigue, non-use of restraints, driver licensing and road safety education programs will be addressed under the banner of Safer People.
A major step is providing safer roads has been the introduction of lower speed environments. All urban areas are zoned as 50 km/h.
Road design in the future will increasingly focus on the safety of all users with the needs of high risk users such as pedestrians and cyclists being recognised.
Road Safety Audit will also be carried out on new roads and improvements to existing roads, safety hazards will be identified and eliminated.
Other issues identified and addressed by RSO's are:
- Safety around Schools
- Bus Safety
- 40 km/h speed zones
- Pedestrian Safety
- Special Mobility Vehicles
- Child Restraints
Ms Michelle Doolan 0437 398 314
Please do not hesitate to contact your RSO or Council for any obvious road safety problems.
Bland Shire Council
02 6972 2266 (ph)
02 6972 2145 (fax)