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ROAD SAFETY GRANTS
The Tasmanian Government introduced its Community
Road Safety Grants (CRSG) Funding Program this year,
replacing the previous Community Road Safety Partnership. The
RACT supports the new program and we are pleased that local
road safety initiatives are able to source essential funding through
Several of the organisations that RACT directly sponsors through
our own programs received support in the first round of CRSG
We work closely with KidSafe Tasmania to conduct child restraint
checks around the state. Kidsafe’s work will be complemented by
two CRSG grants.
We also work with the councils of Glenorchy, Hobart, Clarence,
Kingborough and Derwent Valley to deliver simulated and practical
driving activities for high school students in their local areas. The
$25,000 CRSG grant will enable the councils, in partnership with
the RACT, to conduct this important project.
CHECKING CHILD RESTRAINTS AT SPRINGFEST ...
The RACT, with assistance from Federation Internationale de
l’Automobile, has funded a Mobile Service Centre (above),
which enables us to extend the delivery of free child restraint
education and advice into regional areas of Tasmania.
Our Mobile Service Centre came to the Royal Tasmanian
Botanical Gardens during Springfest, to provide educational
information on the correct fitting of child restraints. A common
question was about purchasing second-hand restraints. There are
several important checks to make. First, make sure the restraint
is approved to Australian Standard 1754 by checking for the
certification sticker. Only consider restraints that are less than
10 years old, as older ones might have started to deteriorate and
may not be up to the latest safety standards. Any restraint that
has been involved in a crash is unsafe, even if there is no visible
damage. If straps are frayed, buckles are missing or broken, or
plastic is cracked, don’t buy it. For the best advice, talk to the
trained child restraint technicians at the RACT on 13 2722.
... AND IN SMITHTON
Our child restraint service is clearly needed, because in the
inspections we held in Smithton recently we found that up
to 80 per cent of child seats checked either needed adjustment or
were not safe.
RACT Motoring Services Manager Peter Gillon says that
although general parental awareness about child car restraints has
improved, the results of the Smithton checks show that there is
still a significant improvement needed.
‘However, the level of positive support we received was excellent
and there was a genuine understanding of the importance of child
car restraints,’ he says. ‘ The parents we spoke to were genuinely
interested in receiving advice and learning more about how to
keep their children safe.’
Child restraint advice and installation services are available from
RACT’s Hobart and Launceston branches.
YEARS AHEAD AND CARFIT
During Seniors Week, the RACT participated in a range of
activities, visiting several locations around Tasmania.
CarFit sessions were held at Fairway Rise, Lindisfarne, Ainslie
House & Manor Gardens Launceston and at Uniting Aged Care
Strathdevon in Latrobe (above). CarFit is a free program that
provides older drivers with advice and information on how they
can best ‘fit’ with their car to maximise safety and comfort.
RACT Community Engagement and Education Manager Kathy
Stocks says that personal mobility is critical to healthy ageing.
‘We strongly believe that older Tasmanians should be able to keep
driving for as long as it is safe for them to do so,’ she says. ‘But
sometimes, age-related changes can make it uncomfortable and
unsafe to drive – and that’s where Carfit can help.’
Trained RACT professionals work with older Tasmanians during
the CarFit sessions to complete a checklist of questions about their
car. A trained occupational therapist is also on hand to further
increase the driver’s comfort. Drivers are shown how to make
ergonomic adjustments, with advice provided on seat positioning,
the location of the steering wheel, mirror angles, lines of sight and
use of lights.
Years Ahead is another service for older drivers. The presentation
covers driving and road safety tips for drivers, passengers and
pedestrians; choosing a safe vehicle; the importance of being
fit and healthy to drive; the impact of health and medications on
driving; and information about alternative transport options.
If any group or organisation is interested in a Carfit or Years Ahead
presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .au
12 Journeys DECEMBER 2015 / JANUARY 2016
IN OUR COMMUNITY
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