The Crows’ Sam Kerridge and former Port Magpies player and coach Tim Ginever each got the chance to sit in a driving simulator. Donning a pair of specially-made goggles, they were faced with street scene complete with roads, footpaths, vehicles and pedestrians.
After adjusting to the simulator experience, Sam and Tim were each asked to attempt to send a text message, while at the same time “driving” . Both of our volunteers found it impossible to safely drive while being distracted by their smartphone screen. They drove into simulated pedestrians on screen and crashed into other vehicles.
According to Sam, a lot of people might think that mobile phone use while driving is “pretty harmless” but the simulator was “an eye-opener, a bit of a shock”.
After crashing into an animated pedestrian on screen, Sam said: “I looked up and even at 20 kilometres an hour, I still didn’t have time to brake. It’s daunting is it? I only had to look down for a split second.”
Tim also crashed into a simulated pedestrian during the experience. “Unbelievable,” he said. “I just looked up and ‘bang’. Imagine trying to live with that, that’s the sobering thing about the experience – I hit a child at 40kms.”
If you think you might be skilled enough to safely look away from the road and at your phone instead, think again. At 60 kilometres per hour, your vehicle is travelling at over 16 metres per second. Taking your eyes off the road for just three seconds to read a text means that you will travel almost 50 metres without looking at the road.
Driving is complex and drivers need to focus on one thing: driving.
Get rid of the distraction. Turn your mobile off. Put it in the glove box.
71 fatalities in 2014 535 serious injuries
For more information on road crash statistics go to
Road Safety Intelligence Analyst
A pivotal role at MAC has become available for an experienced Road Safety Analyst. This role requires experience in the evaluation of road safety data.
- Innovative and supportive organisation, committed to influence positive behaviour change
- Pivotal in contributing to future road safety strategies
- Initially up to a 2 year contract
MAC is South Australia’s CTP insurer and provides approximately $360 million each year in compensation to road crash victims. MAC also manages the State Government’s road safety communications program and provides funding for projects that aim to reduce the number and impact of road injuries and deaths.
An integral position is available within the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) for an experienced and expert Road Safety Intelligence Analyst. This role will be pivotal in contributing to future road safety strategies adopted by MAC. It will be your analytical skills and your desire to play a part in influencing positive behaviour change on South Australia’s roads that will set you apart from the competition.
Reporting to the General Manager, Road Safety & Strategic Communications, responsibilities will include:
- Managing projects, including the coordination of MAC research programs, the analysis, evaluation and dissemination of data and preparing actionable reports and recommendations.
- Ensuring the provision of high level advice to the General Manager on how best to manage and resolve issues.
- Contributing to problem solving by developing tools and methodologies that advance the analysis of Road Safety trends and patterns which may include contribution to the development of policies and recommendations.
- Leading and participating in opportunities for collaborative data sharing, as part of broader requirements for stakeholder engagement.
- Reporting research and analysis findings both verbally and in writing, including recommendations to the MAC Board.
- Highly developed analytical and research skills and experience in a relevant intelligence environment.
- experience in project planning, research agendas and recommending subsequent courses of action.
- Highly developed communication skills, with demonstrated ability to produce clear, concise, accurate assessments, presentations, reports and recommendations.
- Highly developed oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability to provide formal briefings at senior management level within an organisation and government.
Applications must demonstrate your experience, aptitude and skills when addressing the specification’s Essential Minimum Requirements. Please forward your letter of application, together with a current resume, to Jacqui Cole, HR Admin Officer at
telephone 8422 8141 , email firstname.lastname@example.org
Job and Person Specification Download
Closing Date: 03 Oct 2014
A drink driving message from an unexpected source - Budweiser beer in the USA - youtube.com/watch?v=eubWYP…
MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said there was likely to be an increase in child pedestrians and cyclists. He also appealed to families embarking on long distance driving to plan ahead to avoid fatigue.
“It’s important to rest for at least 15 minutes every two hours,” Mr Cornish said.
“With younger children in the car, they’ll appreciate an opportunity to stretch their legs and play. More importantly, this also gives drivers the chance to refresh themselves.
“Fatigue is estimated to be a factor in up to 30 per cent of fatal crashes and 15 per cent of serious injury crashes. You owe it to yourself, your children and other road users, to stay alert on the roads.”
Term 3 in South Australian public schools ends this Friday 26 September, with term 4 commencing 13 October 2014.
Driving tips can be found on the MAC website at www.mac.sa.gov.au
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|Gilles Street||King William Road||Adelaide|
|Glover Avenue||Eastern approach of Bakewell Underpass||Adelaide|
|Glover Avenue||West Terrace||Adelaide|
|Grenfell Street||Frome Street||Adelaide|
|Greenhill Road||Hutt Road||Adelaide|
|Grote Street||West Terrace||Adelaide|
|King William Road||Sir Edwin Smith Avenue/War Memorial Drive||Adelaide|
|Montefiore Road||War Memorial Drive||North Adelaide|
|North Terrace||Frome Road||Adelaide|
|West Terrace||Anzac Hwy/South Terrace||Adelaide|
|West Terrace||Goodwood Road/South Terrace||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||Northfield|
|Kings Road||Salisbury Highway||Salisbury Downs|
|Main North Road||Fairfield Road||Elizabeth Grove|
|Main North Road||Frost Road||Salisbury Est|
|Main North Road||Regency Road||Enfield|
|Main North Road||Yorktown Road/Philip Highway||Elizabeth Park|
|McIntyre Road||Bridge Road||Gulfview Heights|
|North East Road||Ascot Avenue||Vale Park|
|North East Road||Reservoir Road||Modbury|
|North East Road||Sudholz Road||Gilles Plains|
|Regency Road||South Road||Regency Park|
|Salisbury Highway||Kings Road||Salisbury Downs|
|South Road||Cormack Road||Wingfield|
|South Road||Grand Junction Road||Wingfield|
|South Road||Regency Road||Regency Park|
|Sudholz Road||North East Road||Gilles Plains|
|The Golden Way||The Grove Way||Golden Grove|
|The Golden Way||Aeolian 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|
|Dyson Road||Beach Road||Christies Beach|
|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/Beach Road||Morphett Vale|
|Main South Road||Wheatsheaf Road||Morphett Vale|
|Marion Road||Sturt Road||Mitchell Park|
|Marion Road||Cross Road||Plympton Park|
|Panalatinga Road||Pimpala Road||Woodcroft|
|South Road||Daws Road||Melrose Park|
|Sturt Road||Marion Road||Bedford Park|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||Suburb|
|Fitzroy Terrace||Prospect Road||Fitzroy|
|Glynburn Road||Kensington Road||Kensington Gardens|
|Glynburn Road||The Parade||Kensington Park|
|Kensington Road||Portrush Road||Marryatville|
|Lower North East Road||Gorge Road||Paradise|
|Lower North East Road||Darley Road||Paradise|
|Montacute Road||Glynburn Road/Payneham Road||Hectorville|
|Montacute Road||St Bernards Road||Rostrevor|
|Nelson Street||Payneham Road||Stepney|
|Payneham Road||Lower Portrush Road/Portrush Road||Marden|
|Payneham Road||Nelson Street/StephenTerrace||Stepney|
|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|
|Grange Road||Findon Road||Findon|
|Henley Beach Road||Holbrooks Road||Underdale|
|Henley Beach Road||Tapleys Hill Road||Fulham|
|Prospect Road||Fitzroy Terrace||Thorngate|
|Regency Road||Main North Road||Prospect|
|Sir Donald Bradman Drive||Brooker Terrace||Hilton|
|South Road||Ashwin Parade/West Thebarton Road||Torrensville|
|South Road||Richmond Road||Mile End South|
|South Road||Torrens Road||Renown Park|
|Tapleys Hill Road||West Lakes Boulevard||Seaton|
|Torrens Road||South Road||Renown Park|
|Woodville Road||Port Road||Woodville|
Pedestrian & Rail Crossings
|Park Terrace adjacent to eastern side of Salisbury Railway Crossing, Salisbury.|
|Park Terrace adjacent to the western side of the Salisbury Railway Crossing, Salisbury.|
|Portrush Road near Phillips Street, Kensington.|
|Portrush Road near Watson Ave, Toorak Gardens.|
|Road name||Intersecting road name||City/Town|
|Adelaide Road||South Eastern Freeway Access Ramps||Littlehampton|
|Adelaide Road||Mannum Road / Swanport 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|
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has proudly supported the South Australia Police (SAPOL) Road Safety Education programs for more than 10 years.
The support of the program has assisted to position MAC as the leader in road safety, and the organisation which makes the most difference to road safety amongst 16-39 year old South Australian males.
MAC’s funding allows for the resourcing of SAPOL personnel, and other associated costs, to deliver nearly 900 education sessions throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.
The funding allows for approximately 60,000 people to partake in road safety education in their respective schools, community groups/clubs and businesses.
SAPOL’s road safety program objectives are to:
- Increase the knowledge and skills of all road users in road safety;
- Influence attitudes and change behaviours;
- Reduce the number and severity of road crashes;
- Create awareness of the ‘Fatal Five’;
- Drink and Drug Driving;
- Dangerous Road Users;
- Reinforce positive attitudes towards road behaviour.
SAPOL acknowledges the main causes of crashes and highlights these within its road safety education presentations. These are stated as priorities for both SAPOL and MAC.
South Australian organisations, schools or community groups wanting road safety education presented can contact the SAPOL Road Safety Section on 08 8207 6567.
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.