With the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival underway, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has issued a timely reminder to drivers and pedestrians to take care on the road.
MAC’s latest road safety message, delivered by its comical puppet spokesman, Ken Walker, is calling for drivers to be on the lookout for ‘wobbly walkers’.
MAC Community Engagement Manager, Matt Hanton said as the festivities of the Adelaide Fringe Festival hit full swing this weekend it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with the influx of pedestrians in and around the CBD and the dangers when alcohol is mixed.
“It’s a great time of the year to be out and about, enjoying the Fringe Festival but we need to be aware of the significantly impaired judgement and decision making skills of those pedestrians who have been drinking.
“Alcohol mixed with busy city streets, especially during the hours of darkness, can be a dangerous cocktail for pedestrians that can lead to fatal consequences.
“Each year on South Australian roads, too many pedestrians are injured in avoidable road crashes, and in many of these cases the pedestrian has been found to have been under the influence of alcohol.
“The reality is that during the next month there will be more people drinking and walking around our city, moving between bars, restaurants and events.
“So if you are with a mate who may have had a few too many and has become a bit wobbly on their feet, we are asking you to keep them safe and away from the road.
“Drivers also need to be on the lookout for ‘wobbly walkers’ as it is likely they will not be looking out for you”, said Mr Hanton.
Pedestrian road safety statistics
- 9 pedestrians were killed and 74 were seriously injured in 2016
- Of the 9 pedestrian fatalities, 8 occurred in metropolitan Adelaide
- On average, 1 in every 10 road deaths in South Australia is a pedestrian
The new Ken Walker messages will hit the city this weekend and run through till the end of March – including pavement stickers, pay station and boom gate graphics, in-venue messaging and drink coasters, mobile scooter advertisements, bus backs and webisodes delivered by Ken.
8 fatalities in 2017 86 fatalities in 2016
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The Motor Accident Commission’s Community Engagement Manager, Matt Hanton said drug driving and in particular the concerning increase in the use of methamphetamine on our roads, continues to be a priority for the MAC.
‘Methamphetamine at any concentration can cause driver behaviours that are unsafe, and put lives at risk on the roads’, said Mr Hanton.
MAC’s latest drug driving campaign aims to educate road users on the effects of illegal drugs in impairing judgement. It also aims to create awareness around how long drugs remain in a person’s system, with ice able to be detected up to 24 hours after consumption.
‘Our research showed a common misconception about how long drugs can impair a person’s ability to drive, which is leading drivers to make the wrong choice.
‘MAC’s intention is to arm road users with the facts, and actively encourage them to wait until they are no longer affected before getting behind the wheel.
‘Roadside drug driving tests can detect the impairing substance in methamphetamine for at least 24 hours.
‘Not only are we giving people factual information, we’re clearly telling them if they do drug drive, they will get caught’, said Mr Hanton.
The State Government yesterday announced a South Australian Ice Taskforce to respond to the growing use of ice in SA. Increasing the number of roadside drug driver testings undertaken is one of the responses to be considered by the Taskforce.
Road Safety Minister Pete Malinauskas said the growth of ice use is one of the most concerning issues facing our society and it is affecting community safety across the system, including on our roads.
‘The Government is committed to addressing this epidemic through the newly established Taskforce, with the introduction of tough new drug driver penalties to complement the work being done’, said Mr Malinauskas.
Leader of the SA Ice Taskforce, Minister Malinauskas, will be presenting legislation to Parliament that once implemented would see tougher penalties for drug drivers, including an automatic loss of licence for first time drug driving offenders and increased penalties for drug and high level drink drivers caught with a child in the car.
Drug driving legislation and road side testing has been in place in South Australia since 2006.
Preliminary results show 28% of drivers/riders killed in fatal crashes between July 2015 to June 2016 tested positive for the presence of cannabis, methamphetamine or ecstasy or a combination of these drugs.
This compares to 24% in 2015 and a 5 year average of 22%. Positive alcohol detection rates are around 1% while the drug drive detection rate has increased to approximately 11%.
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Watch out Adelaide…the lycra clad masses have hit the streets as thousands of locals and visitors converge on Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under (TDU).
With around 40,000 interstate and overseas cycling fans in the city and our regions for the week-long event the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is pleading with all road users to be patient and share the road with the the many visitors who may not be familiar with South Australian roads.
MAC Community Engagement Manager, Matt Hanton said it’s a great time to be in Adelaide when the TDU rolls into town but let’s not forgot the added potential for road trauma during this busy period.
"Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all need to play a part to make sure everyone can share the road safely."
"Drivers should look for riders and pedestrians whenever they are changing lanes,turning into a side street, or pulling out into traffic, especially in the city and around race stage starts and finishes, where there will be large crowds enjoying the festivities."
"Cyclists will inundate the regions, following the same routes as the professionals so motorists please be patient when approaching cyclists from the rear."
"Only overtake when it’s safe to do so, drivers need to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist in a 60km/h or less zone or 1.5 metres if the speed limit is over 60km/h," said Mr Hanton.
"Always scan the road ahead, look for turning cars and pedestrians, and never assume you have been seen by other road users."
"Being highly visible is key and choosing clothing that can get you noticed will make a huge difference to keep you safe and seen on the road," said Mr Hanton.
MAC has been supporting the Santos Tour Down Under since 2012.
The Be Safe, Be Seen MAC Stage 6 will take place on Sunday 22 January where tens of thousands of fans will line the Adelaide streets on this fast-paced 4.5km circuit that starts and finishes by Elder Park next to the banks of the River Torrens.
For more safe cycling tips visit http://mac.sa.gov.au/besafebeseen
South Australia has recorded its lowest road toll on record at 87 fatalities, and is set to achieve the largest reduction in annual fatalities of any state for 2016.
Preliminary figures also indicate that serious injuries for 2016 are also low at 718, close to our previous record low of 711 in 2014.
MAC Community Engagement Manager Matt Hanton said while this reduction in both deaths and serious injuries is a considerable achievement, there is still so much more to do – too many people are still dying or being seriously injured on our roads in crashes that could’ve been avoided.
“The saddest part is complacency and poor driver behaviour including speed, failure to wear a seatbelt, drink and drug driving, disobeying simple road rules and inattention have all contributed to death and injury on our roads this year”, said Mr Hanton.
This positive decline in road trauma has been achieved despite a steadily rising population and growth in the number of motor vehicles and the number of licensed drivers.
“While positive reductions have been seen this year, it’s no time for complacency nor celebration because even one death on our roads is one too many.
“The road toll fluctuates year to year, and while there is much interest in the end of year figure, many families will see in 2017 without a loved one, lost to road trauma this past year”, said Mr Hanton.
The decline of 16 fatalities on last year’s road toll brings the state’s annual fatality rate to 5.1 per 100,000 population, another record for South Australia that brings us into line with the historically best performing road safety states of New South Wales (currently 5.0) and Victoria (currently 4.7).
The number of fatalities recorded in 2015 was 102 and South Australia’s previous record low road toll of 94 fatalities was achieved in 2012.
Some of the significant improvements include:
- Fatalities have decreased by 14% in rural areas and 19% in greater Adelaide compared to 2015.
- Pedestrian fatalities halved in 2016 – a total of 9 compared to 18 last year and a 5 year average (2011-2015) of 15 per year.
- Driver and passenger fatalities not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash reduced to 12% in 2016, compared to the 5 year average (2011-2015) of 30%.
- Motorcyclists accounted for 8 fatalities (including 1 scooter rider) – 3 fewer than in 2015 and 6 fewer than the previous 5 year average (2011-2015).
- Speed was identified as a contributing factor in 25% of fatal crashes in 2016, an improvement on the previous 5 year average of 29%.
There has been little improvement in the following areas:
- Alcohol – preliminary figures show that for the 12 months to the end of June 2016 24% of drivers or riders killed had an illegal BAC, the majority well over 3 times the legal limit. This shows no improvement on the previous 5 year average of 23%.
- Drugs – preliminary figures show that for the 12 months to the end of June 2016 14 drivers or riders killed tested positive to cannabis, methamphetamine or ecstasy, compared to an average of 13 per year 2011-2015.
- Fatigue – at least 14 fatal crashes in 2016 have been attributed to fatigue (10 in 2015).
- There were 5 heavy vehicle drivers killed in South Australia in 2016 compared to 1 in 2015 and an average of 2 per year (2011-2015).
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.
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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.
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 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.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is encouraging all motorists to plan ahead this Australia Day and make safe transport choices to and from your celebrations.
MAC Corporate Communications Manager, Megan Cree said the Australia Day public holiday is often spent with friends and family, having a few drinks while enjoying a BBQ, watching the cricket or attending one of the many public events and fireworks displays held around the state.
“However you choose to celebrate Australia Day, if it involves alcohol or drugs, just don’t drive.
“Ensuring you don’t drive under the influence should be a priority. Alcohol and drugs significantly impair a driver’s judgment, contributing to the cause of many fatal and serious injury crashes.
“Plan ahead, leave the car at home and enjoy your Australia Day by keeping it road trauma free,” said Ms Cree
Australia Day will also mark the start of a 4 day weekend for many as people head out of the city to make the most of the last few days of school holidays.
“Country and long distance driving increases opportunities to become fatigued or distracted and tempts many to travel over the speed limit to try and get to their destination quicker.
“Make sure you’re well rested, share the driving and take a break for at least 15 minutes every two hours – if you drive tired, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, you’re putting others at risk too,” said Ms Cree.
A record low total of 86 people died on SA roads in last year.
"We can acknowledge that 2016 was a good year, but we can't celebrate or become complacent as 86 people still died on our roads.
“Let’s keep 2017 as safe as possible - plan ahead, drive safely and stick to the road rules to ensure your Australia Day and weekend is road trauma free,” said Ms Cree.
MAC’s safe driving plea coincides with SAPOL’s Operation Australia Day 2017, targeting crowd and road safety, assisting with traffic flow and detecting dangerous drivers.
This year to date, three people have died on South Australian roads. This compares to six at this time in 2016 and nine at this time in 2015.
24% of drivers/riders killed in fatal crashes from July 2015 to June 2016 had an illegal BAC. This compares to 22% in 2015 and a 5 year average of 23%.
28% of drivers/riders killed in fatal crashes from July 2015 to June 2016 tested positive for drugs. This compares to 24% in 2015 and a 5 year average of 22%.
In 2016, at least 15 fatal crashes were likely to be due to fatigue. This compares to 10 crashes in 2015.
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.
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.
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.