Road safety

All road users in NSW should be able to arrive safely at their destinations. Roads and Maritime Services works closely with the NSW Centre for Road Safety to improve road safety for all users of the road network.

Alcohol and drugs

Safe driving requires precise skills, clear judgement, concentration, and being able to react to what happens on the road. Alcohol, drugs and medicines can affect all of these skills.


Fatigue is one of the big three killers on NSW. Fatigue-related crashes can happen on any trip no matter how long or short or what time of day.

  • Fatigue information on the Centre for Road Safety website.


Speeding remains the biggest killer on our roads, and in NSW is a factor is about 40 per cent of road deaths. This means on average around 177 people die each year in speed-related crashes in NSW.

  • Speeding information on the Centre for Road Safety website.

Mobile phones

When you’re driving, you can only use a mobile phone to make or receive a call if the phone is securely mounted to the vehicle, or you’re using an automated audio device. It is against the law to touch the phone (except to pass it to passenger) while driving.

From the 2015 Christmas holidays, mobile phone offences will be included in double demerit periods. From early in 2016, offenders will lose an extra demerit point for illegally using their mobile phones, up from three points to four points.


Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and motorcycle riders. Cyclists have the right, like all other road users, to travel on roads and be shown courtesy and care by other road users.


See Safer driving for tips and advice for driving safely on NSW roads.

The Centre for Road Safety also provides information on safety for different types of drivers, vehicle and driving conditions:


Motorcycle riding is more popular than ever. Saving riders’ lives and preventing injuries is a critical road safety challenge.

Also see information on getting your rider licence.


Pedestrians can be difficult to see when you’re driving, and their behaviour can be unpredictable. This can make it challenging for other road users to successfully factor pedestrian safety into the decisions they constantly make as drivers and riders.

Children and child restraints

Children need close supervision while in and around vehicles. The Centre for Road Safety provides information on safety and advice for children, including:

Schools and school zones

In NSW, more than a million school students travel to and from school each day. Road safety around schools is a major concern.

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