Road safety

Staying safe on our roads with our support Tweed Shire Council works with Transport for NSW, police and other agencies to keep our local roads safe.

During the year we support road safety campaigns to highlight dangerous behaviour such as speeding and drink driving.

We also run workshops and events to raise awareness about road safety issues, and encourage use of active transport.

School zones

School zone sign Council is working to improve parking, traffic flow and road user behaviour in school zones. Children are at greater risk higher due to their size and inability to judge speed and distance.

Peak traffic times:

8 am – 9:30 am
2:30 pm – 4 pm

The speed limit is 40 km/h through school zones at these times.

Council works in partnership with local schools to educate parents and carers about the risks of speeding and illegal parking.

At the start of each school year new parents are learning the school run, so take extra care at this time.

School Zone Parking information sheet(PDF, 2MB)

Road safety in school zones

  • never call your child across the road
  • do not park in the school bus zone, on zebra crossings or footpaths
  • never double park, this reduces driver visibility and causes congestion
  • encourage your child to enter and exit the car from the kerb
  • be patient and follow the directions of the School Crossing Supervisor

Fines and demerit points in school zones

Council rangers and police enforce the rules in school zones. Fines and demerit points are issued for:

  • speeding
  • double parking
  • stopping on or near a children’s crossing
  • using a hand-held mobile phone while driving
  • approaching a children’s crossing too quickly to stop safely

Road safety campaigns

‘Smiley signs’ Community Speed Project

Council’s smiley face speed awareness devices are used to reduce speed on our roads.

The signs flash a smiley face to drivers travelling at or below the speed limit. A sad face appears with the message ‘slow’ down’ if drivers are over the speed limit.

Speeds dropped by an average of 7 km/h when signs were trialled in Casuarina.

Speeding dropped from 58% to 7% of vehicles when signs were installed in Kingscliff.

mobile signs are used at:

  • known speeding hotspots
  • areas of on-going community concern
  • areas with a high number of vulnerable road users
  • areas with a recorded crash history

To nominate a location for a smiley sign email

Cycling safely

During the year we offer cycling workshops as part of the Local Government Road Safety ProgramWorkshops are posted on Facebook and in the Tweed Link.

Read about e-bike safety.

Workshops for older road users

Council runs road safety workshops for people 65 years and over. Learn how to make safer choices when driving, cycling, walking, using a mobility scooter or catching public transport.

Topics include:

  • NSW older driver licensing system
  • transitioning from driving to other transport options
  • top 10 misunderstood road rules

To register your interest call our Road Safety Officer on 02 6670 2400

Road Rules Awareness Week

Road Rules Awareness Week gives road users the chance to improve their knowledge of the NSW road rules

The Transport NSW campaign takes place in February each year.

Call 13 22 13 if you have a road rule question.

Speed limits

Speed limits are set and reviewed by Transport for NSW.

To have your say on speed limits visit Safer Roads NSW

You can also request a speed camera

Council’s Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP)

We’re improving access for all pedestrians and making sure our streets and walkways are suitable for wheelchairs, walking aids, mobility scooters, guide dogs, prams and bicycles.

The Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan(PDF, 17MB) was reviewed and will be replaced by the Tweed Pedestrian and Bike Plan. This is a crucial step forward in enhancing the pedestrian and bike network across the Tweed.

The draft plan for the new Tweed Pedestrian and Bike Plan is now on public exhibition until Sunday 11 February 2024.

Please visit Your Say Tweed to make a submission, attend an online workshop, learn more and to stay updated on the development of the Tweed Pedestrian and Bike Plan.

Call Council's Road Safety Officer on 02 6670 2400 for information.

Black Spot Program NSW

Under the Australian Government's Black Spot Program, we target specific road locations where crashes are occurring by funding measures such as traffic signals, roundabouts, safety barrier and audio-tactile line marking (ATLM) to reduce the risk of further crashes.