Tomorrow marks the beginning of two weeks of sleepless nights as we tune in to cheer on our Aussie athletes competing at the Olympic Games.
The 12 and a half hour time difference between South Australia and Rio de Janeiro means live television coverage will generally run from 9.00pm through to lunch time the following day.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is encouraging all bleary eyed Olympic fans to be careful when behind the wheel as the late nights and early mornings take their toll.
MAC Acting General Manager Road Safety, Megan Cree said driving while tired and fatigued can be just as deadly as drink driving or speeding.
“Being awake for 17-19 hours is the equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of approximately 0.05 per cent.
“Fatigue is estimated to be a contributing factor in around 30 per cent of fatal crashes and 15 per cent of serious injury crashes.
“Also fatigue related crashes are often more severe as driver reaction times are delayed.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility so if you plan on having a late night of Olympic viewing please plan ahead, make alternative transport arrangements and don’t drive fatigued,” said Ms Cree.
Anna Meares – Motor Accident Commission Road Safety Ambassador
MAC Road Safety Ambassador Anna Meares will be doing all South Australians proud as she competes in her fourth Olympic Games.
“Anna is not only a champion of the track, she champions safe road cycling and we feel very privileged to have her as an ambassador for our Be Safe Be Seen campaign,” said Ms Cree.
Anna will be competing in three track cycling events, the Keirin Women, Sprint Women and Team Sprint Women.
52 fatalities in 2016 102 fatalities in 2015
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The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has teamed up with the Adelaide Lightning for another two seasons as the club’s official naming rights sponsor.
MAC Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Chia said the MAC Adelaide Lightning are one of the state’s most successful sporting clubs and MAC is proud to continue this partnership.
“To date, this partnership has proven very successful and the next two seasons will see this expanded even further with the Adelaide 36ers joining in to promote road safety to their vast network of fans.
“Basketball provides MAC with an opportunity to access thousands of people throughout the state and having dedicated MAC Adelaide Lightning and the Adelaide 36ers players as Official MAC Road Safety Ambassadors is a great way to extend the delivery of MAC’s road safety messages and to engage and educate the community.
“Encouraging people to reflect on their choices when it comes to road safety is a vital step in changing behaviours, and ultimately reducing serious injuries and deaths on our roads.”
“Education is a key component of MAC’s approach to reducing road trauma and using respected sports stars to help achieve this through their coaching clinics, class room sessions and community programs is a highly effective way for MAC to engage with even more audiences,” said Mr Chia.
Adelaide 36ers and MAC Adelaide Lightning CEO, Guy Hedderwick thanked MAC for their continued support and said he is excited about the new direction of the partnership.
“MAC has a strong partnership with the team and we are looking forward to continuing the important work of road safety education and developing it further with the inclusion of the Adelaide 36er’s,” said Mr Hedderwick.
Through its partnership with the South Australian Community Football League (SACFL) MAC has supplied each SACFL club an allocation of MAC branded ticket books, which are to be used for SACFL club fundraising raffles during the 2016 season.
These tickets each contain a unique entry code, allowing ticket buyers to enter the second chance draw.
At the end of the 2016 season one person will win $500 cash and the SACFL club the ticket was purchased from will win $3000 in sporting equipment.
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Each ticket contains a different code. One entry per ticket.
Entries will remain in the system until the competition closes on 31st August 2016. The winner and winning club will be drawn on the 9th September 2016 and notified by telephone. The winners will also be announced on MAC’s Facebook page and website. See terms & conditions for further information.
Introducing Ken Walker, the Motor Accident Commission’s (MAC) new pedestrian spokesperson.
An enthusiastic, puppet presenter, Ken Walker, delivers humorous road safety messages through a series of webisodes and digital content called “Walk this way”.
MAC Acting General Manager, Road Safety, Matt Hanton said pedestrian safety is an important issue that is often overlooked by the general public.
“The road safety focus is more frequently on driving-related safety issues, but dozens of South Australian pedestrians are killed or seriously injured each year on our roads.
This year to date, four pedestrians have been killed and 41 seriously injured, up from 28 at the same time last year.
“With a total of 50 pedestrians seriously injured in 2015 it is alarming to see that we have already reached 41 serious injuries, a significant increase from this time last year,” said Mr Hanton.
Research shows vulnerable pedestrians such as the young or old, are highly at risk, while inattention and intoxication are also big contributing factors.
“All kinds of people share the roads, so it was important this campaign had broad public appeal that crosses generational barriers while still focusing on the important issues that impact pedestrian safety.
Phrases such as ‘redonk-a-donk’ and ‘oopsybum’ feature throughout the spoof style clips which will hopefully grab the attention of the general public and leave a resonating road safety message.
“The humorous approach of ‘Walk this Way with Ken Walker’ and short quick content will suit social media platforms such as Facebook and Youtube,” said Mr Hanton.
Watch the first two ‘Walk this way with Ken Walker’ webisodes below
Pedestrian Road Safety Statistics
- 18 pedestrians were killed and 50 were seriously injured in 2015
- Of the 18 pedestrian fatalities, 13 occurred in metropolitan Adelaide
- 70% of pedestrian serious injuries in 2015 were under 24 and over 60 years old
- 83% of pedestrian fatal and serious injuries have occurred in metropolitan areas
- Nearly 1 in every 8 road deaths in South Australia is a pedestrian
The Safe Cycling Awards will provide an opportunity to recognise excellence by South Australian local government.
Award criteria is based on initiatives that actively encourage safe cycling behaviours, where infrastructure improvements have enhanced cycling safety, and where councils have displayed active support for community cycling groups or programs which has led to safer cycling outcomes.
Along with the award and state-wide recognition for being a cycle safe city, winners of each category will receive a grant from the Motor Accident Commission of $2,000.
Councils will be divided into three categories based on location, size and capabilities:
- Metropolitan councils
- Regional councils with a population under 10,000 residents
- Regional councils with a population over 10,000 residents
Safer cycling elements are those that support safe cycling culture and education as well as providing environments that community members are confident to cycle in.
Contributions to safe cycling by councils in one or more of the following three areas will be considered in the judging process:
Physical – infrastructure that supports cycling and use of cycling equipment;
Cultural – behavioural change and awareness of cycling and safety; and,
Community – the support of community groups and events connected with cycling.
Applications open Monday 2 May 2016 and close Friday 2 September 2016.
Awards will be presented at the Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) October 20-21 2016, giving winning councils the opportunity to share their initiatives and accept their award.
The Entry Process
2. Lodge your written application as a word document either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to GPO Box 2438 ADELAIDE SA 5001.
3. Ensure your application includes any supporting evidence such as pictures, documents, brochures, testimonials. Please note these will not be returned to applicants if lodged in hard copy via post.
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
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If you live in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) or Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands, the On The Right Track team can help you get a licence.
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.
To make a CTP claim, 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 optimize 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 for accidents up to 30 June 2016:
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 618 389; 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 405 050; 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
How to make a claim for accidents after 30 June 2016:
Four private insurers will be responsible for management of CTP claims arising from motor vehicle accidents from 1 July 2016. Those four insurers approved to provide Compulsory Third Party insurance in South Australia are:
- Allianz Australia Insurance Limited
- QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited and
For more information about making a claim with the above private insurers, please refer to the CTP Insurance Regulator’s website www.ctp.sa.gov.au.
The annual football carnival sees each of the South Australian Community Football League’s (SACFL) six zones competing against each other with the Port Lincoln Football League hosting this year’s event.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) recognises the fundamental role that football clubs play in communities and is proud to support every SACFL club as the league’s major partner.
MAC, Acting General Manager, Road Safety, Matt Hanton said the partnership helps MAC promote vital road safety messages through local football clubs, which in country South Australia, is often the hub of the community.
“In South Australia, more than 60 percent of road crash fatalities and about 50 per cent of serious injuries occur in regional areas, even though less than one third of the state’s population live outside of Adelaide.”
“Almost 70 percent of these crashes involve regional residents and all too often, are the result of bad decisions such as not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, or drink driving.”
“It can be simple things that reduce the number of deaths and injuries dramatically, like sticking to the speed limit, wearing seatbelts, and making sure you don’t drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or when tired,” Mr Hanton said.
SACFL, General Manger, Matt Duldig said the SACFL is extremely proud of its long-standing partnership with MAC.’’
“It makes perfect sense to use football as a vehicle to deliver such an important message to young men and women in country South Australia. Ultimately we want all players and volunteers making the right decisions on and off the field in the interest of saving lives in rural communities”, Mr Duldig said.
The 2016 MAC SA Country Championships will be held at Centenary Oval, Port Lincoln on the 9th and 10th July.