In launching its latest road safety message, Fatigue: Refresh your drive, MAC is encouraging drivers to rest every two hours to prevent the onset of driver fatigue.
MAC General Manager Road Safety, Michael Cornish said that with fatigue estimated to be a contributing factor in 20%-30% of fatal and 15% of serious injury crashes, MAC’s Fatigue: Refresh your drive message provides drivers with a practical instruction to stay safe behind the wheel.
“Fatigue severely affects reaction times, concentration and the decision-making skills that are critical to driving safely,” Mr Cornish said.
“We have deliberately timed this new message launch to coincide with Easter as this is the time of year many families travel on unfamiliar roads, at higher speeds and for longer periods – increasing their crash risk and placing enormous stress on emergency service workers who have to respond.”
CFS Deputy Chief Officer, Andrew Lawson said that it may come as a surprise to many that a large proportion of the hours committed by CFS volunteers are spent attending motor vehicle crashes.
“Last financial year, CFS volunteers contributed 690,000 hours in emergency response time to South Australian communities. This included attending 2,258 vehicle related incidents,” Mr Lawson said.
“Fatigue related crashes tend to be more severe, typically involve high speeds and cause significant distress to the volunteers that are required to attend these crash scenes.”
The Fatigue: Refresh your drive message focuses on the benefits of resting every two hours, as opposed to previous fatigue messaging which focused on the negative aspects of ignoring the fatigue warning signs.
“Driving whilst fatigued can be as dangerous as driving drunk – with both activities affecting a driver’s ability to react. In fact driving fatigued can have the same shattering affect as driving with a BAC of 0.05,” Mr Cornish said.
The Fatigue: Refresh your drive message will feature across the MAC’s regional billboard network (52 billboard location across South Australia), on the regional intrastate bus fleet and will be supported by radio advertising.
27 fatalities in 2014 236 serious injuries
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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.
MAC General Manager Road Safety, Michael Cornish said on the football field one poor decision can have a profound impact on the game, but on the road one poor decision can have devastating consequences.
“Whether you’re a player thinking about the choice to dive over the ball or to leap to take a contested mark, or a driver creeping over the speed limit, drink driving and not wearing a seat belt, the choices we make can change the outcome in an instant,” Mr Cornish said.
“It is inexcusable that excessive speed, drink driving, inattention and non-seatbelt wearing continue to be among the major contributing factor in the serious injury and fatal road crashes occurring on South Australian roads.”
“On the road, there is a lot more to lose than a game of footy.”
Through the campaign, players from each SANFL club, the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power – MAC’s road safety ambassadors – will remind drivers that road safety is everyone’s business and the significances of one poor choice, one lapse in concentration, one wrong move.
SANFL General Manager Football, Chris Davies said the League is pleased to be partnering with MAC in delivering important road safety messages through the introduction of SANFL road safety ambassadors.
‘’The SANFL is well aware of the positive role it can play in assisting young men and women to make educated decisions regarding road safety,’’ Mr Davies said.
‘’SANFL players are viewed as role models in their local communities, providing them with the ideal platform to have a positive influence on the lives of young South Australians.’’
An important part of the South Australia Road Safety Strategy is to build partnerships and encourage community organisations to integrate road safety into their priorities.
The campaign will run throughout the 2014 SANFL season at each SANFL club ground, through the television broadcast match of the week, the South Australian Community Football League (SACFL) and Adelaide Oval at each Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power home game.
Mobile phones are becoming a bigger part of our lives. A mobile is so much more now than just a device for making a phone call. Once we were only distracted by phone calls and texts while driving. Now it's the temptation to watch the latest YouTube video, read an email from a mate, update your Facebook status or 'tweet' the latest happenings.
And as they've become a bigger part of our lives, we find it harder and harder to live without them.
And the temptation to stay connected and updated leads to distractions in all areas of our lives - even those where it becomes plain dangerous.
Fog lights are designed to be used in fog or other hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility.
When fog lights are used in clear weather conditions the glare from these powerful lights can make driving difficult for approaching traffic.
Did you know that it is an offence to use fog lights when not driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions and can incur a penalty of $218?
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.
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.
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 Approved 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 Approved 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 Approved Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authority using any of the following methods:
- Print an Approved Injury Claim Form
- Complete the Approved 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 Approved Injury Claim Form including the Prescribed Authority
- Send the completed Approved 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.
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|