General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said it was vital that all road users adapt their behaviour to shorter daylight hours and weather conditions which could make roads more dangerous.
“Winter is a period when there is potential for an increase in road crashes, so we need to use more caution,” Mr Cornish said.
“It can take longer to stop a vehicle on slippery winter roads, so it’s important to keep enough space between you and the vehicle in front in case you need to stop suddenly. It may also be difficult to see other road users, including vulnerable pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and gopher riders.”
MAC Winter Road Safety Reminders:
- Drive to the conditions and lower your speed when visibility is poor or roads are slippery
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front – you may need to count more than 3 seconds in wintry conditions
- Turn on headlights when there is poor visibility, such as in wet or foggy conditions
- Drivers should carefully scan for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and gopher riders especially at crossings and intersections
- Check tyres treads, and vehicle lights and indicators to make sure all are working properly
“We would also encourage pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and gopher riders to boost their visibility by wearing bright, reflective clothing,” Mr Cornish said.
“Bicycles should be fitted with flashing lights, front and rear, turned on day and night. Gopher riders should consider using lights and attaching a flag.”
47 fatalities in 2015 108 fatalities in 2014
For more information on road crash statistics go to
What is a Standard Drink?
The billboards share messages about three key road safety issues in regional South Australia - speeding, drink driving and seatbelts.
MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said 20 billboards would appear in regions including the South East, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and Murraylands.
“This campaign is immensely important for South Australian road safety,” Mr Cornish said.
“Historically, most road crash fatalities occur in regional areas of the state, and most of those involve men.
“Last year 68 per cent of fatalities in SA occurred in rural areas - 73 of 108 deaths. In addition, 61 per cent of serious injury crashes last year occurred in rural areas.
“The Bromance campaign has been very well received since its launch in February.
“We’ve had feedback that the humorous script is grabbing attention and that people are adopting the phrases. The intention of the campaign was indeed to encourage regional residents to share road safety messages and the campaign catchphrases have provided people with the ability to do that.”
Along with the new billboards, MAC will distribute Bromance campaign coasters and posters throughout South Australian venues.
The TV campaign was filmed at Mallala using people from the town. The Keep the Bromance Alive commercial can be viewed on the MAC website here http://mac.sa.gov.au/campaigns/country-driving
Speaking at the announcement in Adelaide today, Mark Hubbard said;
“I am absolutely delighted that MAC has come on board as the Lightning’s naming rights partner, as it has been crucial to the Lightning securing its future in the WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League).”
“The Lightning and Basketball SA are proud to be partnering with an organisation that has such a strong and positive community message and we’re looking forward to working with MAC to promote road safety initiatives across the South Australian community.”
Motor Accident Commission (MAC) CEO Aaron Chia said MAC was delighted to enter into a partnership with Adelaide Lightning, one of the most successful professional women’s sporting teams in Australia.
“We see a great road safety benefit to this partnership,” he said. “This will enable us to share road safety messages with even more audiences including women, families, younger drivers, and residents of regional and remote South Australia.”
“Basketball has a high team participation rate when it comes to sport in Australia. It’s continuing to see a growth in its participation by children, which means MAC will be able to share messages with younger audiences and strive for generational change in road safety attitudes.”
Basketball Australia is buoyed by today’s news that MAC will partner with the Adelaide Lightning, securing the immediate future for WNBL team.
Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore said that today’s announcement that MAC has invested in Adelaide Lightning as a naming-rights partner is great news for basketball and the Wattle Valley WNBL.
“Adelaide Lightning, five-time winners of the WNBL Championship and a tried and true pathway to elite international competition with the Australian Opals, is an entity that we have always believed deserves to continue,” he said.
“The Motor Accident Commission should be congratulated for their vision in supporting this iconic South Australian club.”
“I commend the tireless efforts of Basketball South Australia over the past six months and acknowledge the leadership shown by CEO Mark Hubbard and Chairman Mark Lampshire,” Moore continued.
“I look forward to the next 12 months and Adelaide Lightning returning to a position of strength both on and off the court.”
Jayco Australian Opals head coach Brendan Joyce said that the continued operation of Adelaide Lightning was intrinsic to the national elite program.
“This is a major win for the Australian national women’s program,” he said from Europe where he’s currently on tour with the Opals.
“I was present for the recent under-18 and under-20 Australian Junior Championships and South Australia’s women’s teams were outstanding at both tournaments.
“Adelaide Lightning is a team and a region that has made a significant contribution to the Opals, with the likes of Erin Phillips, Rachael Sporn and Laura Hodges to name a few. I am very pleased that this pathway is clear for future athletes.”
With Adelaide Lightning’s immediate future now financially secure, Basketball Australia will now move quickly to finalise the governance structure of the club. Meantime, Basketball Australia will continue to work with Basketball South Australia to transition to a long-term licencing solution after private ownership was relinquished at the end of last season.
Driving is a risky and complex task and something that many South Australians do every day. We take all sorts of measures to stay safe on the road, and one of those can be carrying a first aid kit in your car.
A first aid kit can help you to provide some immediate treatment or care following a road crash until emergency services arrive.
There are many different types of first aid kits on the market, including kits made specifically for storage in vehicles. Whichever kit you choose, make sure it’s readily accessible and adequately stocked.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) encourages all motorists to drive carefully and follow the road rules - and you can go the extra mile with your safety, by storing a first aid kit in your car.
First aid kits - St John Ambulance - http://www.stjohnsa.com.au/
Volunteering – SA Ambulance Service http://www.saambulance.com.au/
MAC Rescue Helicopter http://mac.sa.gov.au/mac-rescue-helicopter
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ensures there is a ratings system which helps you to make safer vehicle choices.
ANCAP provides independent vehicle safety information through the publication of ANCAP safety ratings. ANCAP safety ratings take into account the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by new cars through the conduct of physical crash tests and the assessment of collision avoidance technologies.
In each of the physical tests, dummies are used to scientifically measure the various forces on occupants in the crash.
The data gathered is then assessed in conjunction with a physical assessment of the vehicle, and a score determined for each test.
In addition, vehicles must be fitted with certain safety features and safety assist technologies. These requirements are then assessed alongside the physical crash test scores with an overall score translated into an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars.
The more stars, the better the vehicle performed in ANCAP tests. To achieve the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle must achieve the highest standards in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.
To search individual crash test results for more than 515 vehicles, learn more about safety features and technologies, and explore interactive features, visit ancap.com.au
See tips for buying a new or used car http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/safe-driving-tips/safer-vehicles/buying-a-safe-car on the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website.
You will need to comply with the legal claim notification requirements and complete an Approved Injury Claim Form, including a Prescribed Authority, provided by Allianz. The Injury Claim Form will require specific crash information and is designed to assist Allianz in making an early decision on your access to treatment.
Where Allianz obtains information using the Prescribed Authority, a copy of that information will be provided to you.
Once you have returned the completed Injury Claim Form and Prescribed Authority to Allianz, a claims consultant will contact you to discuss your claim.
MAC is committed to supporting early access to reasonable and necessary treatment to optimise your recovery from your injury, and providing a properly completed Approved Injury Claim Form and Prescribed Authority will assist MAC to achieve this goal.
How to make a claim
Step 1: Complete the Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authority using any of the following methods:
- Print an Injury Claim Form
- Complete the Injury Claim Form online
- Call Allianz SA CTP on 1300 137 331; or visit Allianz at 89 Pirie Street Adelaide 5000 to obtain an Approved Injury Claim Form
Step 2: Sign and lodge your claim
- Sign the completed Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authority
- Send the completed Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authortity back to Allianz by mail to Allianz Australia SA CTP, GPO Box 2198, Adelaide SA 5001; fax to 1300 137 431; or deliver to the Allianz CTP reception desk at 89 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000
Step 3: A claims consultant will then contact you to discuss your claim
Making a Fatality Claim
Contact Allianz SA CTP on 1300 137 331, or visit them at 89 Pirie Street Adelaide 5000 to discuss the process to make a fatality claim. The Fatality Claim Form can also be downloaded here.
Things you should know
If you have been injured in a crash and are eligible to make a CTP claim, your claim may be reduced if you:
- Were not wearing a seatbelt
- Were not wearing a helmet while riding a motorbike, scooter or bicycle
- Were riding in the back of a van or ute
- Were deemed to have contributed to the crash
- Your driver had consumed alcohol or drugs
Instances also exist where you will not be entitled to make a claim (e.g. if the injury was caused as a result of your own negligence, hoon activity or illegal activity).
* Excluding children under 16 at the time of crash if the crash occurred in SA.
Last year, 68 per cent of road crash fatalities and 52 per cent of serious injuries occurred in regional South Australia.
MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said regional driving usually meant longer distances and higher speed limits, bringing with them additional risks.
“If you make just a small mistake while driving on regional roads, it could have catastrophic consequences,” Mr Cornish said.
“Country driving can mean increased opportunities to become fatigued or distracted. There are also the additional risks of overtaking other vehicles, varying road conditions, and animals on the road.
“Driving is a complex task in any environment, and it is imperative that motorists are aware of the different risks posed by country driving.
“These new MAC resources are helpful for motorists who rarely drive outside of the metropolitan area, as well as providing valuable reminders to regional motorists who may have grown complacent.”
Most road crash fatalities and serious injuries in country SA involve regional residents - the five-year average (2009-2013) shows 69% rural, 23% metropolitan and 8% interstate when it came to place of residence.
“This is an important collection of road safety material which we are urging South Australian motorists to use,” Mr Cornish said.
The resources were developed in consultation with SA Police’s Road Safety Education team.
Other MAC’s “Staying Safe When Country Driving” topics include:
- Late Night Driving
- 10 Tips For Towing
- Broken Down?
The new resources can be found at http://www.mac.sa.gov.au/campaigns/country-driving
CTP Insurance is the most important insurance you can have and that's why it's mandatory in South Australia - heavy penalties apply if a vehicle is driven or found on a road without CTP. Once a vehicle is registered, part of the fee goes towards CTP, so you're automatically covered without having to do anything except pay your registration.
At the very least your car, or the car your child is driving, must be registered and automatically covered for CTP.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is the provider of the CTP Insurance policy to all registered vehicles in South Australia.
From 1 July 2016, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) will cease its role as the sole provider of CTP vehicle insurance in South Australia to open the way for provision of CTP insurance by the private sector, similar to what occurs interstate.
More information about the private provision of CTP insurance is available on the Department of Treasury and Finance website
What does CTP cover?
CTP Insurance provides compensation for personal injury to people injured in road crashes where the driver or owner of a South Australian registered vehicle is at fault. It may also cover crash victims where a passenger is at fault.
By paying your CTP premium you are protecting yourself from potentially being sued for damages if you cause injury to third parties.
Compensation payments are funded by CTP insurance premiums paid by all SA motorists as part of their vehicle registration.
South Australia's CTP insurance scheme includes reasonable treatment and other expenses.
The scheme does not:
- Provide full compensation to persons who contribute to their injuries. For example, by not wearing a seatbelt.
- Compensate the injured driver who is entirely at fault.
- Cover damage to vehicles.
MAC's Claims Manager, Allianz Australia Limited, is responsible for processing all CTP claims and handling enquiries.
An injured person (or their relatives) should contact Allianz as soon as possible following a crash. Allianz can provide advice about whether the injured person is eligible to make a CTP claim.
For further information about the legislation that governs MAC and the CTP Scheme visit our legislation page.
Fixed Red light and speed camera sites are located at the following intersections and pedestrian crossings in Metropolitan and Regional South Australia.
Don’t Creep over the Speed Limit and you won’t be fined!
City and North Adelaide
|Road name||Intersecting road name||Suburb|
|Dequetteville Terrace||Botanic Road||Adelaide|
|Glover Avenue||Eastern approach of Bakewell Underpass||Adelaide|
|Glover Avenue||West Terrace||Adelaide|
|Greenhill Road||Hutt Road||Adelaide|
|Grote Street||West Terrace||Adelaide|
|King William Road||Sir Edwin Smith Avenue||North Adelaide|
|Morphett Street||Sturt Street||Adelaide|
|Montefiore Road||War Memorial Drive||North Adelaide|
|North Terrace||Frome Road||Adelaide|
|West Terrace||Hindley Street (lane 5 and 6)||Adelaide|
|West Terrace||Hindley Street||Adelaide|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||Suburb|
|Bridge Road||Montague Road||Ingle Farm|
|Golden Grove Road||Milne Road||Modbury Heights|
|Grand Junction Road||Addison Road||Pennington|
|Grand Junction Road||Hanson Road||Ottoway|
|Grand Junction Road||Main North Road||Enfield|
|Grand Junction Road||Pt Wakefield Road||Enfield|
|Grand Junction Road||Walkleys Road||Walkley Heights|
|Hampstead Road||Grand Junction Road||Clearview|
|Kings Road||Salisbury Highway||Salisbury South|
|Main North Road||Fairfield Road||Elizabeth Grove|
|Main North Road||Frost Road||Salisbury South|
|Main North Road||Regency Road||Enfield|
|Main North Road||Yorktown Road K/S||Elizabeth Park|
|Main North Road||Yorktown Road M/S||Elizabeth Park|
|Montague Road||Ingle Farm|
|McIntyre Road||Bridge Road||Salisbury East|
|North East Road||Ascot Avenue||Vale Park|
|North East Road||Reservoir Road||Modbury|
|North East Road||Sudholz Road||Gilles Plains|
|Port Wakefield Road||Paralowie|
|Salisbury Highway||Kings Road||Salisbury Downs|
|Sudholz Road||North East Road||Gilles Plains|
|The Golden Way||Atlantis Drive||Golden Grove|
|Waterloo Corner Road||Bagster Road||Salisbury North|
|Yorktown Road||Main North Road||Elizabeth|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||Suburb|
|Brighton Road||Sturt Road||Brighton|
|Cross Road||Goodwood Road||Westbourne Park|
|Diagonal Road||Oaklands Road||Glengowrie|
|Goodwood Road||Cross Road||Cumberland Park|
|Main South Road||Bains Road||Morphett Vale|
|Main South Road||Black Road||O'Halloran Hill|
|Main South Road||Doctors Road||Morphett Vale|
|Marion Road||Sturt Road||Mitchell Park|
|Marion Road||Cross Road||Plympton Park|
|Panalatinga Road||Pimpala Road||Woodcroft|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||Suburb|
|Fitzroy Terrace||Prospect Road||Fitzroy|
|Glynburn Road||Kensington Road||Kensington Gardens|
|Kensington Road||Portrush Road||Marryatville|
|Lower North East Road||Darley Road||Paradise|
|Magill Road||Glynburn Road||St Morris|
|Magill Road||Portrush Road||Beulah Park|
|Montacute Road||Glynburn Road||Hectorville|
|Nelson Street||Payneham Road||Stepney|
|Payneham Road||Lower Portrush Road/Portrush Road||Marden|
|Stephen Terrace||Payneham Road||St Peters|
|Portrush Road||Magill Road||Norwood|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||Suburb|
|Anzac Highway||Cross Road||Plympton|
|Anzac Highway||Marion Road||Plympton|
|Anzac Highway||Morphett Road||Novar Gardens|
|Churchill Road||Regency Road||Prospect|
|Commercial Road||Grand Juntion Road||Port Adelaide|
|Findon Road||Balcombe Avenue||Findon|
|Frederick Road||West Lakes|
|Grange Road||Findon Road||Findon|
|Greenhill Road||ANZAC Highway||Keswick|
|Henley Beach Road||Holbrooks Road||Underdale|
|Henley Beach Road||Tapleys Hill Road||Fulham|
|Prospect Road||Fitzroy Terrace||Thorngate|
|Regency Road||Main North Road||Sefton Park|
|Sir Donald Bradman Drive||Brooker Terrace||Hilton|
|South Road||Ashwin Parade/||Torrensville|
|South Road||Richmond Road||Mile End South|
|South Road||Torrens Road||Renown Park|
|Tapleys Hill Road||Grange Road||Seaton|
|Torrens Road||South Road||Renown Park|
|Port Road||Woodville Road||Woodville|
|Park Terrace adjacent to eastern side of Salisbury Railway Crossing, Salisbury.|
|Park Terrace adjacent to the western side of the Salisbury Railway Crossing, Salisbury.|
|Leader Street (Level Crossing East), Goodwood.|
|Leader Street (Level Crossing West), Goodwood.|
|Cormack Road (Level Crossing South-East), Dry Creek.|
|Cormack Road (Level Crossing North-West), Wingfield.|
|Woodville Road (Level Crossing), Woodville.|
|David Terrace (Level Crossing), Kilkenny.|
|Kilkenny Road (Level Crossing), Woodville Park.|
|Womma Road (Level Crossing East), Elizabeth.|
|Womma Road (Level Crossing West), Davoren Park.|
Point to Point cameras
|Port Wakefield Road, Two Wells.|
|Port Wakefield Road, Port Wakefield.|
|Dukes Highway, Ki Ki South East Bound.|
|Dukes Highway, Ki Ki North West Bound.|
|Dukes Highway, Coonalpyn South East Bound.|
|Dukes Highway, Coonalpyn North West Bound.|
|Portrush Road near Phillips Street, Kensington.|
|Portrush Road near Watson Ave, Toorak Gardens.|
|South Road, Black Forest.|
|Portrush Road, Trinity Gardens.|
|West Lakes Boulevard, West Lakes.|
|Diagonal Road, Glenelg East.|
|Portrush Road, Linden Park.|
|Seacombe Road, Seacombe Gardens.|
|Goodwood Road, Goodwood.|
|South Road, Marleston.|
|Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach.|
|Chandlers Hill Road, Happy Valley.|
|Regency Road Pedestrian Crossing.|
|Philip Highway Pedestrian Crossing.|
|Philip Highway Pedestrian Crossing.|
|Grange Road, Kidman Park.|
|South Road, Clovelly Park.|
|Shepherds Hill Road, Eden Hills.|
|Torrens Road, Woodville North.|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||City/Town|
|Adelaide Road||South Eastern Freeway Access Ramps||Littlehampton|
|South Eastern Freeway||Crafers|
|South Eastern Freeway||Leawood Gardens|
|Adelaide Road||Mannum Road||Murray Bridge|
|Adelaide Road||Maurice Road||Murray Bridge|
|Commercial Street West||Wehl Street South||Mount Gambier|
|Commercial Street East||Crouch Street South||Mount Gambier|
|Sturt Street||Bay Road||Mount Gambier|
|Norrie Avenue||Nicolson Avenue||Whyalla|
|Playford Avenue||Elliot Street||Whyalla|
|Victoria Parade||Carlton Parade||Port Augusta|
|Victoria Parade||Flinders Terrace||Port Augusta|
MAC Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service and conducts more than 1,000 missions across the state each year.
MAC Rescue comprises three helicopters and is used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.
MAC Rescue covers all areas of South Australia.
MAC took over the sponsorship of the State Rescue Helicopter Service in July 2009, further strengthening its commitment to reducing the number and impact of road injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes.
Who uses MAC Rescue?
A number of State Government organisations use MAC Rescue:
- SA Health (MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service) and SA Ambulance Service use the service to transport critically injured and ill patients from regional South Australia to major hospitals.
- The SA Country Fire Service uses the service to assist fire-fighting operations in the country areas of South Australia.
- SA Police use the service for crime prevention activities, search and rescue operations and also in the pursuit of motor vehicles and suspects.
Why is MAC Rescue so important to road safety?
Despite under a third of the State's population living in rural areas, more than half the casualties of road crashes occur on rural roads. Over 7,000 rural residents have been seriously injured or killed this past decade. In the same period, MAC has paid over $400 million for injuries arising from rural road crashes.
MAC Rescue is a critical part of rural road safety due to the emergency response services it can provide. On average, the helicopters respond to at least one medical trauma every two days, with the majority of these relating to road crash injuries. Furthermore, the helicopters physically attend about 12 serious crashes on country roads each month.
It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle with any level the following illicit drugs in your system.
- THC (Cannabis)
- Methylamphetamine (Speed, Ice or Crystal Meth)
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
Unlike drink driving, there is no legal limit when it comes to drugs. It is an offence to get behind the wheel with any amount of an illicit drug in your system.
Police can randomly stop you any time, anywhere in metropolitan and regional South Australia and test you for illicit drugs.
How do they test for drugs?
If you are required to undergo a drug driving saliva test:
- You will remain in your vehicle
- A police officer will provide you with a testing device
- You will be required to wipe the device over your tongue to obtain a sample of your saliva for testing
- The test takes approximately 5 minutes
- A Police Officer will advise you if the test is positive or negative
- If the test is positive you will be required to provide a further oral fluid sample for analysis in a drug bus or at a police station
- If your test is negative you'll be free to go
The drug testing device is able to detect levels of THC (Cannabis) several hours after use. The length of time depends on the amount and the potency of the cannabis taken and your personal metabolic rate.
Speed and Ecstasy
Methylamphetamine (Speed) and MDMA (Ecstasy) may be detected up to approximately 24 hours after use. Again, the exact time will vary depending on the size of the dose, other drugs taken at the same time, as well your metabolism.