Funds continue for safer roads

Janelle Burns will continue her work as Kiama Council's road safety officer after the council agreed to continue a funding arrangement with Roads and Maritime Services. Picture: PHIL McCARROLL

Janelle Burns will continue her work as Kiama Council's road safety officer after the council agreed to continue a funding arrangement with Roads and Maritime Services. Picture: PHIL McCARROLL

ROAD safety in Kiama Municipality will continue to be improved over the next three years thanks to an ongoing funding agreement between the council and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

At its last ordinary meeting, council agreed to continue the updated Local Government Road Safety Program (LGRSP) funding arrangement, which sees council and RMS each provide 50 per cent of the funding to employ a road safety officer (RSO).

The updated LGRSP is now in line with the Safe System approach to road safety identified in Transport for NSW's NSW Road Safety Strategy 2021.

The Safe System approach takes a holistic view of road safety, incorporating roads, roadsides and all road users in efforts to create the safest roads possible.

Council road safety officer Janelle Burns said education programs for road users were one of the most important tools in making the region's roads safer.

"Education is probably one of the main things that road safety officers focus on, and it's education across a whole range of things," Ms Burns said.

"It's from things like child restraints, reminding people to be safe around schools, reinforcing the Plan B message, reminding people to avoid distractions like mobile phones and to respect speed limits and drive to the conditions."

A major part of Ms Burns' position is to prepare Kiama's Local Government Area three Year Road Safety Action Plan, to address road safety issues most specific to the Kiama LGA.

"The action plan takes into account crash data and community feedback from across the area.

"The information will be used to make sure that proposed road safety projects are addressing what they need to.

"Generally drivers in Kiama are well behaved, but like most areas there is room for improvement.

"The other messages that we want drivers in the area to take note of are to drive to the conditions and avoid distractions like using your mobile phone when driving."

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