Mobile Distraction – It’s not a good look!

Mobile Distraction – It’s not a good look!

The Motor Accident Commission has launched a mobile distraction campaign to highlight how inappropriate and dangerous looking at your mobile phone can be while driving.

MAC General Manager of Road Safety Michael Cornish says research shows people increasingly believe that using phones while driving is anti-social behaviour but that they are unlikely to alter their behaviour unless caught.

“Mobile phones are a serious and growing threat to road safety with driver inattention reported as the primary cause in almost 38 per cent of fatal crashes and 52 per cent of serious injury crashes last year,” Michael Cornish says.

“Some drivers may think they have the skill to check their phones and drive safely, but research shows that mobile phone use while driving impairs reaction time and hazard perception.

“Drivers must give their full attention at all times and using a mobile when driving has been shown to increase the risk of being involved in a crash by at least four times.

“Taking your eyes off the road to use a mobile phone is unacceptably dangerous behaviour and could cost you your life.”

Mobile phones have been targeted because they are a growing area of concern for the community.

MAC's new Mobile distraction campaign

The National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 recognises distraction as “a major and potentially growing problem area” and the SA Road Safety Action Plan documents the enforcement of mobiles and other distractions as a complementary measure to its key priorities.

While talking and texting have been targeted for a number of years, the increasing proliferation of smart phones has elevated the issue.

With all the functionality of desktop PC’s, mobile devices now offer the driver a multitude of distracting features.

MAC’s new campaign includes television and radio advertisements, a YouTube video and bus shelter posters.

The message is clear - looking at your mobile phone is anti-social and dangerous behaviour and not a good look.

“When driving at 60kmph, if you take your eyes off the road to look at a text for just three seconds you will travel 50m blind. Imagine if a child stepped onto the road in that time,” Michael Cornish says.

“For regional driving if you are travelling at 110kmph and you take your eyes off the road for three seconds you will travel almost 92 metres without watching the road.

“That is a long way to have travelled without watching where you are going.”

Drivers are not permitted to touch, hold or rest a phone on their body while driving and being caught doing so will cost you $375 and three demerit points.

“The fact is if you think you can get away with using your mobile while driving, think again. Everyone can see what you’re doing, including the police - it’s not a good look,” Michael Cornish says.

“All road users need to take personal responsibility for their driving. If you cannot avoid the temptation of checking your phone, plan ahead by switching it off and placing it in the boot of your car or glove box.

“If a person wishes to make or receive a call, and needs to touch any part of the phone to do so, that phone must be mounted in a commercially manufactured holder designed for that purpose.

“Learner and P1 drivers are not permitted to use any mobile phone function while driving, including Bluetooth.”

On The Right Track

Aboriginal road safety and driver licensing program

If you live in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) or Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands, the On The Right Track team can help you get a licence.

Put a First Aid Kit in your car

Put a First Aid Kit in your car

Driving is a risky and complex task and something that many South Australians do every day. We take all sorts of measures to stay safe on the road, and one of those can be carrying a first aid kit in your car.

A first aid kit can help you to provide some immediate treatment or care following a road crash until emergency services arrive.

There are many different types of first aid kits on the market, including kits made specifically for storage in vehicles. Whichever kit you choose, make sure it’s readily accessible and adequately stocked.

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) encourages all motorists to drive carefully and follow the road rules - and you can go the extra mile with your safety, by storing a first aid kit in your car.


Further reading:

First aid kits - St John Ambulance -

Volunteering – SA Ambulance Service

MAC Rescue Helicopter

Safety ratings vital

Safety ratings vital

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ensures there is a ratings system which helps you to make safer vehicle choices. 

ANCAP provides independent vehicle safety information through the publication of ANCAP safety ratings.  ANCAP safety ratings take into account the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by new cars through the conduct of physical crash tests and the assessment of collision avoidance technologies.

In each of the physical tests, dummies are used to scientifically measure the various forces on occupants in the crash.

The data gathered is then assessed in conjunction with a physical assessment of the vehicle, and a score determined for each test.

In addition, vehicles must be fitted with certain safety features and safety assist technologies. These requirements are then assessed alongside the physical crash test scores with an overall score translated into an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars.

The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in ANCAP tests. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.

More information

To search individual crash test results for more than 515 vehicles, learn more about safety features and technologies, and explore interactive features, visit

See tips for buying a new or used car on the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website.


Involved in a Crash

Making a claim

Involved in a Crash

Making a claim

You will need to comply with the legal claim notification requirements and complete an Approved Injury Claim Form, including a Prescribed Authority, provided by Allianz. The Injury Claim Form will require specific crash information and is designed to assist Allianz in making an early decision on your access to treatment.

Where Allianz obtains information using the Prescribed Authority, a copy of that information will be provided to you.

Once you have returned the completed Injury Claim Form and Prescribed Authority to Allianz, a claims consultant will contact you to discuss your claim.

MAC is committed to supporting early access to reasonable and necessary treatment to optimise your recovery from your injury, and providing a properly completed Approved Injury Claim Form and Prescribed Authority will assist MAC to achieve this goal.

How to make a claim

Step 1: Complete the Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authority using any of the following methods:

  • Print an Injury Claim Form
  • Complete the Injury Claim Form online
  • Call Allianz SA CTP on 1300 137 331; or visit Allianz at 89 Pirie Street Adelaide 5000 to obtain an Approved Injury Claim Form

Step 2: Sign and lodge your claim

  • Sign the completed Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authority
  • Send the completed Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authortity back to Allianz by mail to Allianz Australia SA CTP, GPO Box 2198, Adelaide SA 5001; fax to 1300 137 431; or deliver to the Allianz CTP reception desk at 89 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000

Step 3: A claims consultant will then contact you to discuss your claim

Making a Fatality Claim

Contact Allianz SA CTP on 1300 137 331, or visit them at 89 Pirie Street Adelaide 5000 to discuss the process to make a fatality claim. The Fatality Claim Form can also be downloaded here.

Things you should know

If you have been injured in a crash and are eligible to make a CTP claim, your claim may be reduced if you:

  • Were not wearing a seatbelt
  • Were not wearing a helmet while riding a motorbike, scooter or bicycle
  • Were riding in the back of a van or ute
  • Were deemed to have contributed to the crash
  • Your driver had consumed alcohol or drugs

Instances also exist where you will not be entitled to make a claim (e.g. if the injury was caused as a result of your own negligence, hoon activity or illegal activity).

* Excluding children under 16 at the time of crash if the crash occurred in SA.

Why do I pay for CTP?

What is CTP?

Why do I pay for CTP?

What is CTP?

CTP Insurance is the most important insurance you can have and that's why it's mandatory in South Australia - heavy penalties apply if a vehicle is driven or found on a road without CTP. Once a vehicle is registered, part of the fee goes towards CTP, so you're automatically covered without having to do anything except pay your registration.

At the very least your car, or the car your child is driving, must be registered and automatically covered for CTP.

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is the provider of the CTP Insurance policy to all registered vehicles in South Australia. 

From 1 July 2016, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) will cease its role as the sole provider of CTP vehicle insurance in South Australia to open the way for provision of CTP insurance by the private sector, similar to what occurs interstate.

More information about the private provision of CTP insurance is available on the Department of Treasury and Finance website 

What does CTP cover?

CTP Insurance provides compensation for personal injury to people injured in road crashes where the driver or owner of a South Australian registered vehicle is at fault. It may also cover crash victims where a passenger is at fault.

By paying your CTP premium you are protecting yourself from potentially being sued for damages if you cause injury to third parties.

Compensation payments are funded by CTP insurance premiums paid by all SA motorists as part of their vehicle registration.

South Australia's CTP insurance scheme includes reasonable treatment and other expenses.

The scheme does not:

  • Provide full compensation to persons who contribute to their injuries. For example, by not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Compensate the injured driver who is entirely at fault.
  • Cover damage to vehicles.

MAC's Claims Manager, Allianz Australia Limited, is responsible for processing all CTP claims and handling enquiries.

An injured person (or their relatives) should contact Allianz as soon as possible following a crash. Allianz can provide advice about whether the injured person is eligible to make a CTP claim.

Contact Allianz

For further information about the legislation that governs MAC and the CTP Scheme visit our legislation page.

Safety Camera Locations

Safety Camera Locations

Fixed Red light and speed camera sites are located at the following intersections and pedestrian crossings in Metropolitan and Regional South Australia.

Don’t Creep over the Speed Limit and you won’t be fined!

View today's camera locations.

City and North Adelaide

Road nameIntersecting road nameSuburb
Dequetteville Terrace Botanic Road Adelaide
Glover Avenue  Eastern approach of Bakewell Underpass Adelaide 
Glover Avenue West Terrace Adelaide 
Greenhill Road Hutt Road Adelaide 
Grote Street West Terrace Adelaide 
King William Road Sir Edwin Smith Avenue North Adelaide 
Morphett Street Sturt Street Adelaide 
Montefiore Road War Memorial Drive North Adelaide 
North Terrace Frome Road Adelaide 
West Terrace Hindley Street (lane 5 and 6) Adelaide
West Terrace Hindley Street Adelaide 

Northern Suburbs

Road nameIntersecting road nameSuburb
Bridge Road Montague Road Ingle Farm
Golden Grove Road Milne Road Modbury Heights
Grand Junction Road Addison Road Pennington
Grand Junction Road Hanson Road Ottoway
Grand Junction Road Main North Road Enfield
Grand Junction Road Pt Wakefield Road  Enfield
Grand Junction Road Walkleys Road Walkley Heights
Hampstead Road Grand Junction Road  Clearview
Kings Road Salisbury Highway Salisbury South
Main North Road Fairfield Road Elizabeth Grove
Main North Road Frost Road  Salisbury South
Main North Road Regency Road Enfield
Main North Road Yorktown Road K/S Elizabeth Park
Main North Road Yorktown Road M/S Elizabeth Park
Montague Road Ingle Farm
McIntyre Road  Bridge Road  Salisbury East
North East Road Ascot Avenue Vale Park
North East Road Reservoir Road Modbury
North East Road Sudholz Road Gilles Plains
Port Wakefield Road Paralowie
Salisbury Highway Kings Road Salisbury Downs
Sudholz Road North East Road Gilles Plains
The Golden Way Atlantis Drive Golden Grove
Waterloo Corner Road Bagster Road Salisbury North
Yorktown Road Main North Road  Elizabeth

Southern Suburbs

Road nameIntersecting road nameSuburb
Brighton Road Sturt Road Brighton
Cross Road Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
Diagonal Road Oaklands Road Glengowrie
Goodwood Road Cross Road Cumberland Park
Main South Road Bains Road Morphett Vale
Main South Road Black Road O'Halloran Hill
Main South Road Doctors Road Morphett Vale
Marion Road Sturt Road Mitchell Park
Marion Road Cross Road Plympton Park
Panalatinga Road Pimpala Road Woodcroft

Eastern Suburbs

Road nameIntersecting road nameSuburb
Cross Road Kingswood
Fitzroy Terrace Prospect Road Fitzroy
Glynburn Road Kensington Road Kensington Gardens
Kensington Road Portrush Road Marryatville
Lower North East Road Darley Road Paradise
Magill Road Glynburn Road St Morris
Magill Road Portrush Road Beulah Park
Montacute Road Glynburn Road Hectorville
Nelson Street Payneham Road Stepney
Payneham Road Lower Portrush Road/Portrush Road Marden
Stephen Terrace Payneham Road St Peters
Portrush Road Magill Road Norwood

Western Suburbs

Road nameIntersecting road nameSuburb
Anzac Highway Cross Road Plympton
Anzac Highway Marion Road Plympton
Anzac Highway Morphett Road Novar Gardens
Churchill Road Regency Road Prospect
Commercial Road Grand Juntion Road Port Adelaide
Findon Road Balcombe Avenue Findon
Frederick Road West Lakes
Grange Road Findon Road Findon
Greenhill Road ANZAC Highway Keswick
Henley Beach Road Holbrooks Road Underdale
Henley Beach Road Tapleys Hill Road Fulham
Prospect Road Fitzroy Terrace Thorngate
Regency Road Main North Road Sefton Park
Sir Donald Bradman Drive Brooker Terrace Hilton
South Road Ashwin Parade/ Torrensville
South Road Richmond Road Mile End South
South Road Torrens Road Renown Park
Tapleys Hill Road Grange Road Seaton
Torrens Road South Road Renown Park
Port Road Woodville Road Woodville

Rail Crossings

Park Terrace adjacent to eastern side of Salisbury Railway Crossing, Salisbury.
Park Terrace adjacent to the western side of the Salisbury Railway Crossing, Salisbury.
Leader Street (Level Crossing East), Goodwood.
Leader Street (Level Crossing West), Goodwood.
Cormack Road (Level Crossing South-East), Dry Creek.
Cormack Road (Level Crossing North-West), Wingfield.
Woodville Road (Level Crossing), Woodville.
David Terrace (Level Crossing), Kilkenny.
Kilkenny Road (Level Crossing), Woodville Park.
Womma Road (Level Crossing East), Elizabeth.
Womma Road (Level Crossing West), Davoren Park.

Point to Point cameras

Port Wakefield Road, Two Wells.
Port Wakefield Road, Port Wakefield.
Dukes Highway, Ki Ki South East Bound.
Dukes Highway, Ki Ki North West Bound.
Dukes Highway, Coonalpyn South East Bound.
Dukes Highway, Coonalpyn North West Bound.

Pedestrian Crossings

Portrush Road near Phillips Street, Kensington.
Portrush Road near Watson Ave, Toorak Gardens.
South Road, Black Forest.
Portrush Road, Trinity Gardens.
West Lakes Boulevard, West Lakes.
Diagonal Road, Glenelg East.
Portrush Road, Linden Park.
Seacombe Road, Seacombe Gardens.
Goodwood Road, Goodwood.
South Road, Marleston.
Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach.
Chandlers Hill Road, Happy Valley.
Regency Road Pedestrian Crossing.
Philip Highway Pedestrian Crossing.
Philip Highway Pedestrian Crossing.
Grange Road, Kidman Park.
South Road, Clovelly Park.
Shepherds Hill Road, Eden Hills.
Torrens Road, Woodville North.


Road nameIntersecting road nameCity/Town
Adelaide Road South Eastern Freeway Access Ramps Littlehampton
South Eastern Freeway Crafers
South Eastern Freeway Leawood Gardens
Adelaide Road Mannum Road Murray Bridge
Adelaide Road Maurice Road Murray Bridge
Commercial Street West Wehl Street South Mount Gambier
Commercial Street East Crouch Street South Mount Gambier
Sturt Street Bay Road Mount Gambier
Norrie Avenue Nicolson Avenue Whyalla
Playford Avenue Elliot Street Whyalla
Victoria Parade Carlton Parade Port Augusta
Victoria Parade Flinders Terrace Port Augusta

MAC Rescue Helicopter


MAC Rescue Helicopter

MAC Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service and conducts more than 1,000 missions across the state each year.

MAC Rescue comprises three helicopters and is used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.

MAC Rescue covers all areas of South Australia.

MAC took over the sponsorship of the State Rescue Helicopter Service in July 2009, further strengthening its commitment to reducing the number and impact of road injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

Who uses MAC Rescue?

A number of State Government organisations use MAC Rescue:

  • SA Health (MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service) and SA Ambulance Service use the service to transport critically injured and ill patients from regional South Australia to major hospitals.
  • The SA Country Fire Service uses the service to assist fire-fighting operations in the country areas of South Australia.
  • SA Police use the service for crime prevention activities, search and rescue operations and also in the pursuit of motor vehicles and suspects.

Why is MAC Rescue so important to road safety?

Despite under a third of the State's population living in rural areas, more than half the casualties of road crashes occur on rural roads. Over 7,000 rural residents have been seriously injured or killed this past decade. In the same period, MAC has paid over $400 million for injuries arising from rural road crashes.

MAC Rescue is a critical part of rural road safety due to the emergency response services it can provide. On average, the helicopters respond to at least one medical trauma every two days, with the majority of these relating to road crash injuries. Furthermore, the helicopters physically attend about 12 serious crashes on country roads each month.

Drug Testing

Drug Testing

It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle with any level the following illicit drugs in your system.

  • THC (Cannabis)
  • Methylamphetamine (Speed, Ice or Crystal Meth)
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)

Unlike drink driving, there is no legal limit when it comes to drugs. It is an offence to get behind the wheel with any amount of an illicit drug in your system.

Police can randomly stop you any time, anywhere in metropolitan and regional South Australia and test you for illicit drugs.

How do they test for drugs?

If you are required to undergo a drug driving saliva test:

  • You will remain in your vehicle
  • A police officer will provide you with a testing device
  • You will be required to wipe the device over your tongue to obtain a sample of your saliva for testing
  • The test takes approximately 5 minutes
  • A Police Officer will advise you if the test is positive or negative
  • If the test is positive you will be required to provide a further oral fluid sample for analysis in a drug bus or at a police station
  • If your test is negative you'll be free to go


The drug testing device is able to detect levels of THC (Cannabis) several hours after use. The length of time depends on the amount and the potency of the cannabis taken and your personal metabolic rate.

Speed and Ecstasy

Methylamphetamine (Speed) and MDMA (Ecstasy) may be detected up to approximately 24 hours after use. Again, the exact time will vary depending on the size of the dose, other drugs taken at the same time, as well your metabolism.