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Tweed Shire Council works with the Roads and Maritime Services (external link) , (RMS), Police and other organisations to address road safety at a local level. The local campaigns complement state-wide initiatives.

The aim of Council’s Road Safety Program is to:

  • encourage safe behaviour by all groups of road users in the community- pedestrians, motorists and other road users
  • educate the community on the issues around drink driving, speed, fatigue, pedestrian safety and restraint use
  • inform the community about options and alternatives to drink driving
  • encourage, foster and facilitate the use of alternative transport in the Tweed Shire local government area
  • improve awareness, knowledge and understanding of the dangers of high risk behaviours such as speeding and drink driving
  • work with government and community to address road safety issues.

Road Rules Awareness Week (external link) takes place every February and Roads and Maritime Services have produced a guide and videos explaining the ’10 most misunderstood road rules’.

Visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/roadrules.html to see the videos or call 13 22 13 if you have a specific road rule question.

School Zones and Traffic Zones

School zones are often chaotic at peak pick-up and set-down times and children are sometimes put at risk. With the start of each school year, many new parents are introduced to parking and speed limit restrictions in school zones, which may be unfamiliar. The majority of school zones operate between 8:00am – 9:30am and 2:30pm – 4:00pm on gazetted school days. Motorists are required to drive at no more than 40 km/h through school zones.

Council, in partnership with local schools, are working to improve parking, traffic flow and road user behaviour in school zones. Part of Council’s road safety program aims to inform parents and carers of the risks to children from speeding and illegal parking around schools. An education phase is followed by enforcement from council rangers and local police officers.

As a community we are all aware that children are vulnerable road users and at a higher risk in traffic because of their size and inability to judge speed and distance.

When in school zones, please observe the following guidelines to reduce risk to children:

  • do not park in the school bus zone, on the zebra crossing or on footpaths
  • never double park. This reduces driver visibility, causes congestion and puts children at risk
  • never call your child across the road
  • always encourage your child to enter and exit the car from the kerb
  • be patient observe the directions of the School Crossing Supervisor

Remember, children are full of surprises! Expect the unexpected. Watch out for kids and think for them - they make mistakes.

By following the rules around school zones we can work together to ensure the safety of our children.

RMS has two main programs addressing school road safety, these are the Safety Around Schools Program and the Road Safety Education Program. Tweed Shire Council has produced the following brochure about Parking in School Zones that provides information in and around School Zones:

Penalties for school zones

Fine and demerit point offences in school zones include:

  • speeding – fine and demerit points
  • approach children’s crossing too quickly to stop safely – fine and demerit points
  • double parking – fine and demerit points
  • stopping on or near a children’s crossing – fine and demerit points
  • use a hand-held mobile phone while driving – fine and demerit points.

School zone penalties apply to offences committed in school zones during posted school hours. Please see Penalty Infringement Notices for information on what to do if you have received a fine.

Have your say about Speed Limits

Transport for NSW have created an online tool where members of the public can have their say on speed limits. Please visit the Safer Roads NSW (external link) website to have your say on speed limits on our roads.

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP)

With increased pedestrian activity in town centres, beaches and other recreational areas, Council identified a need to develop a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (16.83mB PDF) for the busiest pedestrian areas in the Tweed.

Why do we need a PAMP?

The PAMP is being developed as part of Council’s investment in safe, convenient and connected pedestrian infrastructure that will encourage people to walk rather than use their cars. The PAMP will provide a framework for developing pedestrian routes and infrastructure to cater to the needs of all pedestrians, including older persons, people with mobility or vision impairments, school children, tourists, cyclists and recreational pedestrians.

Scope and aims of the PAMP

The PAMP study area focuses on five town centres in the Tweed identified as high priority and high pedestrian activity areas. These include:

  • Tweed Heads
  • Tweed Heads South
  • Kingscliff
  • Banora Point
  • Murwillumbah

The PAMP will identify pedestrian networks within each of these areas. It will detail pedestrian concentration, centres of activity, accident clusters, walking patterns and links between land use, pedestrian facilities (existing and proposed), pedestrian accessibility and mobility issues within a radius of 1.5 km to 2 km.

The PAMP aims to provide wide transportation, environmental and social benefits to the community, such as:

  • more appropriate pedestrian facilities, particularly in busy areas
  • safe and convenient crossing opportunities on major roads
  • reduced injuries to pedestrians
  • promotion of walking for pleasure and health
  • links with other transport services
  • improved access for mobility impaired users, including older persons
  • infrastructure suitable for wheelchairs, walking aids, mobility scooters, guide dogs, prams and bicycles

Timing

For information about the PAMP, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on (02) 6670 2400.

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