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.
- Alcohol and drug information on the Centre for Road Safety website.
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.
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.
From 1 December 2016, P2 licence holders will no longer be permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. P2 licence holders will have the same restrictions as Learner and P1 licence holders.
- Mobile phone road rules on the Centre for Road Safety website.
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.
- Cyclists and safety on the Centre for Road Safety website.
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:
- Younger drivers. Also see information on getting your driver licence
- Older drivers. Also see information on renewing and keeping your licence as an older driver
- Heavy vehicles and other types of vehicles
- Driving in bad weather
- Breakdown safety tips
- Animals on country roads.
Motorcycle riding is more popular than ever. Saving riders’ lives and preventing injuries is a critical road safety challenge.
- Motorcyclists and safety on the Centre for Road Safety website.
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.
- Pedestrians and safety on the Centre for Road Safety website.
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.