Cyclists’ plea to motorists
Adelaide needs more bike lanes, improved road surfaces and better driver behaviour to stem a sharp rise in the number of cyclists injured or killed on the state’s roads in the past decade, experts say. David Nankervis from the Advertiser reports.
Concerning fatal crash figures
There is an alarming number of banned drivers who were involved in fatal crashes in South Australia. 7 News Adelaide Jessica Adamson reports - watch here
80% of drink drivers killed didn't belt up
Disturbing statistics revealed by MAC show 10 of the 12 drink drivers killed in 2012 did not wear a seatbelt.
Visibility is key to staying safe this winter
With winter fast approaching, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) wants to remind all road users, particularly pedestrians, to take care.
Statistics from 2000-2012 reveal an increase in pedestrians injured in road crashes in the wetter months of the year. In the months of May to August, pedestrian casualties increased by 13% over their daily average.
MAC Chief Executive Officer, Jerome Maguire, said the concerning statistics has sparked MAC to plead for greater caution on the roads ahead of winter.
“Almost everyone is a pedestrian at times and, as such, is a vulnerable road user,” Mr Maguire said.
“Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, must consider their movements carefully during times of poor visibility.
“To date this year, these vulnerable road users account for over 30% of road fatalities – which highlights just how susceptible they are.
“One of the key factors involved in pedestrian crashes is that other road users do not see them until it is too late, or that they step out from concealed locations.
“Increased visibility through bright or fluorescent coloured clothing with reflective properties is fundamental, particularly while the daylight hours are shorter and weather conditions make visibility poorer.
“Drivers can also help make the road environment safer by being vigilant – scanning for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists at crossings and intersections, and lowering their speed in cases where visibility is poor or roads are slippery,” Mr Maguire said.
MAC has the following pedestrian safety tips:
- Always use pedestrian crossing
- Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you. Wait until all vehicles have stopped before you cross
- At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb
- Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses; and
- Wear reflective or bright coloured clothing.
The below statistics show total road crash fatalities and casualties between the months of June and August 2009 – 2012
Pedestrian casualties by month, 2000 – 2012
South Australia Police are aware of a phone scam currently in operation where people receive a phone call from someone asking them to send them money to be represented legally regarding a car accident they were involved in.
Fatigue - the silent killer during Easter
MAC is urging motorists to drive safely ahead of the Easter break with statistics proving that you are more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatigue crash during the holiday period as the rest of the year.
Punt at the track, not on the road
Have a punt at the track not on the road. That's the message from Motor Accident Commission (MAC)
and SA police to road users this Adelaide Cup long weekend.
MAC and RAA - creating safer, smarter drivers.
In a further commitment to preventing injury and saving young lives the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has teamed up with the RAA in a Major Partnership designed to reinforce the importance of road safety to senior secondary school students.
Free transport for motorsport fans
Star V8 Supercars driver, Rick Kelly, took time out of preparations for this weekend's Clipsal 500 Adelaide to warn motorists of the perils of drink-driving.
March madness on SA roads
As Adelaide prepares for the many festivities during March, road users are being urged to take
extra care with new research proving the month is the most dangerous on South Australian roads.
SA rider wins and gets the edge!
Glyn Ellis, of Adelaide, South Australia, is the first winner in the Motor Accident Commission’s (MAC) ‘Get the Edge’ competition.
Over one elderly person a month dies on SA roads.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is calling on the community to take greater care of older road users with statistics revealing that on average one elderly road user per month is dying on South Australian roads.
The statistics come in face of a 78-year-old man from Smithfield Plains who died late yesterday afternoon on Port Wakefield Road in a crash involving a motorcycle and a B-double semi-trailer.
Look out! School's back.
As the new school term starts, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is reminding motorists to take extra care on the roads tomorrow as children around the State return to school.
Gigantic inflatable bike - a sight to be seen!
A gigantic 40 metre inflatable bike in Victoria Square during the Santos Tour Down Under will highlight MAC's safe cycling campaign designed to promote the importance of visibility to riders.
‘I should be dead this Christmas'
A road crash survivor who tells his story in a candid, self-produced video has teamed up with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) to urge all road users to make responsible choices this festive season.
MAC Annual Report 2011-12
The MAC Annual Report 2011-12 is now available for download.
Cheaper rego, more people covered under insurance changes
Motor registration premiums will be cheaper and more motorists seriously injured in accidents will be covered by insurance under State Government reforms to the Compulsory Third Party Insurance scheme.
Motorcyclists need to be extra vigilant
With two motorcycle fatalities in the last 5 days the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is reminding riders to more vigilant on the roads.
MAC's regional campaign crowned best in Australia
MAC's regional campaign, Matemorphosis, has been crowned the best social marketing campaign in Australia by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).
Free MAC buses and App to protect the most vulnerable on our roads.
In a further commitment to preventing injury and saving young lives the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) will today provide all school leavers with free bus transport from Adelaide to Victor Harbor to this year’s Schoolies Festival.
Mick Doohan gives SA riders the biggest edge.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) today launched its newest motorcycle safety initiative supported by five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion, Mick Doohan.
Don't gamble with your life this cup day
MAC is urging punters to carefully plan how they will travel to and from their Melbourne Cup celebrations this year.
Road safety education integrated into school curriculum
Road safety education (RSE) is closer to being incorporated into SA's school curriculum with MAC's latest investment into teacher professional development.
New MAC campaign to tackle the biggest killer on our road
Acting Road Safety Minister, Tom Kenyon today launched MAC's newest public education campaign to tackle the biggest killer on South Australian roads – speeding.
Riders 30 times more likely to be killed
With better weather offering improved motorcycling conditions, MAC is reminding riders to exercise caution with statistics revealing the spring and summer months of the year claiming more lives and injuries.