Road Safety Minister, Pete Malinauskas said speeding is one of the major killers on South Australian roads and many people underestimate the increase in crash risk and injury severity that comes from even low-level speeding.
In 2015, speed was a contributing factor in 30% of fatal crashes, consistent with the five year average (30%, 2010 – 2014).
MAC Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Chia said research has shown low-level speeding is considered to be extremely common among both regional and metropolitan drivers, but the reality is that most South Australians drive at or below the speed limit most of the time.
“This campaign challenges the notion that low-level speeding is a common, safe and time saving behaviour.
“The majority of people make an effort to stick to the speed limit, however the proportion of drivers who aren’t doing the right thing continue to have a big impact on road safety and their attitudes and driving behaviour need to change.
“Low-level speeding has not seen the same degree of cultural change as other road safety issues such as drink driving and seatbelts.
“Just as driving under the influence increases your likelihood of a crash, each 5km/h over the speed limit in 60km/h zones doubles your crash risk” said Mr Chia.
The campaign will air on television, radio and digital channels, as well as featuring on bus backs, bus stops and regional billboards across the state.
72 fatalities in 2016 102 fatalities in 2015
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The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is placing the spotlight on South Australia’s hidden road toll - the serious injuries and causalities that occur on our roads every day.
MAC Acting General Manager, Road Safety, Matt Hanton said there were 7,398 injuries on South Australian roads last year.
While fatalities receive greater attention in the media and road safety reporting, injuries account for the most significant proportion of overall road trauma.
“On average 20 people are injured every day on our roads, when we make poor decisions behind the wheel we're not just risking death, we're risking disability, brain injury and a painful recovery.
“With around one crash an hour, your chances of being involved in road trauma are a lot higher than you probably thought,” said Mr Hanton.
The lifelong suffering of many people seriously injured on our roads is under reported and not well recognised by the community.
“For every person that died in 2015 another 72 were injured.
“A dedicated injury awareness campaign, using a new tram wrap will display the extent of injury on South Australian roads by highlighting the ‘hidden road toll’, said Mr Hanton.
The engaging and colourful tram wrap draws inspiration from ‘Where’s Wally’, as a cartoon theme that asks the audience to ‘spot’ the injured people.
The tram will run for the next 3 months with the key message ‘20 people are injured on our roads every day. Can you spot them? Take care out there’.
- 6,639 casualties
- 759 serious injuries
- 102 fatalities
- 20 people injured every hour, on average.
- 72 people injured for every person that died
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) and the Adelaide United Football Club have joined forces in a new partnership to promote road safety.
MAC Acting General Manager Road Safety, Matt Hanton said teaming up with the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions will provide a significant opportunity to share road safety messages with South Australia’s growing football (soccer) community.
“MAC has a strong presence throughout the state with partnerships across various sporting codes and it is great to now be working with the Reds to reach a whole new audience.
“Sport captures the interest of communities and our partnerships involve far more than putting a logo on a sign, shirt, or football. It is a way of targeting specific spectator groups that are largely composed of those overrepresented in the road toll.
“16 to 41 year olds account for 50 per cent of the Adelaide United membership and 73 per cent are male, the same demographics that are most implicated in deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” said Mr Hanton.
MAC will have the ability to engage directly with fans at Coopers Stadium and will also join the Club’s Development Program to deliver road safety messages to around 50,000 people through schools, local clubs, and community events.
“Education is a key component of MAC’s approach to reducing road trauma and through this partnership we will be using highly respected Adelaide United players Eugene Galekovic, Tarek Elrich and Michael Marrone, as MAC’s official Road Safety Ambassadors, to talk road safety to their team mates, supporters, and the wider community.
“These players have the important role to influence behaviours and decision making on the road,” said Mr Hanton.
Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer Grant Mayer, welcomed MAC’s support.
“We are looking forward to working with MAC to remind supporters and football fans about choices and consequences when it comes to road safety,” said Mr Mayer.
Introducing Ken Walker, the Motor Accident Commission’s (MAC) new pedestrian spokesperson.
An enthusiastic, puppet presenter, Ken Walker, delivers humorous road safety messages through a series of webisodes and digital content called “Walk this way”.
MAC Acting General Manager, Road Safety, Matt Hanton said pedestrian safety is an important issue that is often overlooked by the general public.
“The road safety focus is more frequently on driving-related safety issues, but dozens of South Australian pedestrians are killed or seriously injured each year on our roads.
This year to date, four pedestrians have been killed and 41 seriously injured, up from 28 at the same time last year.
“With a total of 50 pedestrians seriously injured in 2015 it is alarming to see that we have already reached 41 serious injuries, a significant increase from this time last year,” said Mr Hanton.
Research shows vulnerable pedestrians such as the young or old, are highly at risk, while inattention and intoxication are also big contributing factors.
“All kinds of people share the roads, so it was important this campaign had broad public appeal that crosses generational barriers while still focusing on the important issues that impact pedestrian safety.
Phrases such as ‘redonk-a-donk’ and ‘oopsybum’ feature throughout the spoof style clips which will hopefully grab the attention of the general public and leave a resonating road safety message.
“The humorous approach of ‘Walk this Way with Ken Walker’ and short quick content will suit social media platforms such as Facebook and Youtube,” said Mr Hanton.
Watch the first two ‘Walk this way with Ken Walker’ webisodes below
Pedestrian Road Safety Statistics
- 18 pedestrians were killed and 50 were seriously injured in 2015
- Of the 18 pedestrian fatalities, 13 occurred in metropolitan Adelaide
- 70% of pedestrian serious injuries in 2015 were under 24 and over 60 years old
- 83% of pedestrian fatal and serious injuries have occurred in metropolitan areas
- Nearly 1 in every 8 road deaths in South Australia is a pedestrian
The Safe Cycling Awards will provide an opportunity to recognise excellence by South Australian local government.
Award criteria is based on initiatives that actively encourage safe cycling behaviours, where infrastructure improvements have enhanced cycling safety, and where councils have displayed active support for community cycling groups or programs which has led to safer cycling outcomes.
Along with the award and state-wide recognition for being a cycle safe city, winners of each category will receive a grant from the Motor Accident Commission of $2,000.
Councils will be divided into three categories based on location, size and capabilities:
- Metropolitan councils
- Regional councils with a population under 10,000 residents
- Regional councils with a population over 10,000 residents
Safer cycling elements are those that support safe cycling culture and education as well as providing environments that community members are confident to cycle in.
Contributions to safe cycling by councils in one or more of the following three areas will be considered in the judging process:
Physical – infrastructure that supports cycling and use of cycling equipment;
Cultural – behavioural change and awareness of cycling and safety; and,
Community – the support of community groups and events connected with cycling.
Applications open Monday 2 May 2016 and close Friday 2 September 2016.
Awards will be presented at the Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) October 20-21 2016, giving winning councils the opportunity to share their initiatives and accept their award.
The Entry Process
2. Lodge your written application as a word document either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to GPO Box 2438 ADELAIDE SA 5001.
3. Ensure your application includes any supporting evidence such as pictures, documents, brochures, testimonials. Please note these will not be returned to applicants if lodged in hard copy via post.
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.
First aid kits - St John Ambulance - http://www.stjohnsa.com.au/
Volunteering – SA Ambulance Service http://www.saambulance.com.au/
MAC Rescue Helicopter http://mac.sa.gov.au/mac-rescue-helicopter
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The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has teamed up with the Adelaide Lightning for another two seasons as the club’s official naming rights sponsor.
MAC Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Chia said the MAC Adelaide Lightning are one of the state’s most successful sporting clubs and MAC is proud to continue this partnership.
“To date, this partnership has proven very successful and the next two seasons will see this expanded even further with the Adelaide 36ers joining in to promote road safety to their vast network of fans.
“Basketball provides MAC with an opportunity to access thousands of people throughout the state and having dedicated MAC Adelaide Lightning and the Adelaide 36ers players as Official MAC Road Safety Ambassadors is a great way to extend the delivery of MAC’s road safety messages and to engage and educate the community.
“Encouraging people to reflect on their choices when it comes to road safety is a vital step in changing behaviours, and ultimately reducing serious injuries and deaths on our roads.”
“Education is a key component of MAC’s approach to reducing road trauma and using respected sports stars to help achieve this through their coaching clinics, class room sessions and community programs is a highly effective way for MAC to engage with even more audiences,” said Mr Chia.
Adelaide 36ers and MAC Adelaide Lightning CEO, Guy Hedderwick thanked MAC for their continued support and said he is excited about the new direction of the partnership.
“MAC has a strong partnership with the team and we are looking forward to continuing the important work of road safety education and developing it further with the inclusion of the Adelaide 36er’s,” said Mr Hedderwick.
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.
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.
To search individual crash test results for more than 515 vehicles, learn more about safety features and technologies, and explore interactive features, visit ancap.com.au
See tips for buying a new or used car http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/safe-driving-tips/safer-vehicles/buying-a-safe-car on the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website.
To make a CTP 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 optimize 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 for accidents up to 30 June 2016:
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 618 389; 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 405 050; 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
How to make a claim for accidents after 30 June 2016:
Four private insurers will be responsible for management of CTP claims arising from motor vehicle accidents from 1 July 2016. Those four insurers approved to provide Compulsory Third Party insurance in South Australia are:
- Allianz Australia Insurance Limited
- QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited and
For more information about making a claim with the above private insurers, please refer to the CTP Insurance Regulator’s website www.ctp.sa.gov.au.