Until Saturday 20 December, the north east area of Victoria Square will be MAC’s Christmas gift garden where you are encouraged to write the name of a loved one who you want to keep safe on the roads onto a ‘present’ that is then placed under the MAC Christmas trees.
By taking part in the Christmas gift garden, you can get behind MAC’s road safety message and tell family and friends how important they are.
Please remind them not to drink drive, to be patient on the road, ensure they have plenty of rest if they’re driving long distances, and stick to the speed limits. Read Christmas regional driving tips here and see our handy information on standard drinks.
MAC wishes you a safe and happy festive season.
The aim of the Toy Run is to raise awareness and celebrate motorcycling, with a strong focus on assisting under-privileged children during the festive season. During the event, MAC promotes safe motorcycling behaviour, particularly wearing the right clothing while riding.
Motorcyclists have a higher risk of death or serious injury than all other road users. In South Australia, motorcyclists on average account for just above 3% of all registered vehicles but around 15% of all fatalities (2009-2013).
“Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on our roads because they more exposed, so wearing the right gear can be the difference between a nasty fall and injuries that prevent you from riding again,” MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said.
“MAC urges motorcyclists to do everything they can to help ensure they can be more easily seen by others. This means wearing bright, reflective clothing including your helmet.
“When other road users around you are focused elsewhere on busy roads, you can take some positive steps towards boosting your visibility.”
The State Government recently announced the installation of motorcycle barriers beneath existing guard rails on 14 South Australian roads with the help of a $1.4 million investment from MAC’s Road Safety Infrastructure Fund. These barriers are designed to absorb the impact and reduce the nature of injuries in the event of a crash.
The Toy Run is on Sunday 14 December, departing from Victoria Park in Adelaide at 11am and proceeding to Callington Oval via Hutt St, Glen Osmond Road and the South Eastern Freeway. For more information, visit the MRASA website mrasa.asn.au/toyrun.shtml
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has proudly supported the South Australia Police (SAPOL) Road Safety Education programs for more than 10 years.
The support of the program has assisted to position MAC as the leader in road safety, and the organisation which makes the most difference to road safety amongst 16-39 year old South Australian males.
MAC’s funding allows for the resourcing of SAPOL personnel, and other associated costs, to deliver nearly 900 education sessions throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.
The funding allows for approximately 60,000 people to partake in road safety education in their respective schools, community groups/clubs and businesses.
SAPOL’s road safety program objectives are to:
- Increase the knowledge and skills of all road users in road safety;
- Influence attitudes and change behaviours;
- Reduce the number and severity of road crashes;
- Create awareness of the ‘Fatal Five’;
- Drink and Drug Driving;
- Dangerous Road Users;
- Reinforce positive attitudes towards road behaviour.
SAPOL acknowledges the main causes of crashes and highlights these within its road safety education presentations. These are stated as priorities for both SAPOL and MAC.
South Australian organisations, schools or community groups wanting road safety education presented can contact the SAPOL Road Safety Section on 08 8207 6585
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.