Thursday, January 28th, 2010
WITH the new term starting on February 1, Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon is urging motorists to be mindful of children as they make their way to school.

He is appealing to people from all walks of life to take care on the roads and make sure they stick to the 40kmh limit in relevant school zones.

“It’s important to slow down, wear a seatbelt, avoid driving when tired and keep away from texting and fiddling with iPods when on the road,” Mayor Kenyon said.

“With lots of new children starting school for the first time, many of them will be a little nervous or upset and there’s always a chance they will do something unexpected, simply because they are not familiar with cars and traffic.

“Driving at just 5km above the speed limit increases the chance of having an accident, something which has been proven by national and international research.

“In the metropolitan area, 78 per cent of all accidents occur in 60kmh zones – speed increases braking distance, increases the seriousness of injury and decreases the opportunity to avoid a crash.

“Dropping the speed limit saw about a 20 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious crashes in New South Wales while in Switzerland and Denmark there has been about a 25 per cent decrease.”

According to the University of Adelaide’s Road Accident Research Unit, the risk of involvement in a serious crash – in built-up areas – doubles with each 5kmh increase in speed above the limit.

A study of accidents involving pedestrians found:
* Half the pedestrians would have survived if the vehicle had been travelling 10kmh slower.
* Nearly a quarter of pedestrians hit in a 60kmh area would not have been hit if the driver had been travelling 10kmh slower.
* Even a 5kmh reduction in speed would have saved a third of the pedestrians killed and 10 per cent would not have been hit at all.

Mayor Kenyon said it was also important for people to remember to wear seatbelts, especially with children in the car.

“It doesn’t matter if you are driving for six hours or six minutes, you are 18 times more likely to be killed in a car crash if you don’t belt up,” he said.

“In the 10 years to 2004, 48 per cent of six to 16-year-olds killed on the roads were not wearing a seatbelt.

“Kids learn by example and by encouraging them to belt up from day one entrenches a habit that might one day save their life.

“It’s also important to make sure your children are properly fastened and restrained in their seatbelts when taking them to and from school.

“People need to think of the bigger road safety picture, especially at the start of the new school year, and remember that road safety is about safer drivers, in safer cars, on safer roads, travelling at safer speeds.”

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923


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