Road Safety

Young drivers

Risk-taking can be associated with younger people. Common risk-taking behaviour on the road includes speeding, consuming alcohol before and whilst driving, and reckless driving. Sometimes these risky behaviours can result in serious injury or even death. Between 2007-2011, young driver casualties accounted for 28% of all accidents in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA).

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services run Learner Driver Workshops for parents and carers supervising young people on their learner licences. Please check the Events Calendar to see if there are any upcoming workshops.

Driving and parking around schools

Driving safely and parking appropriately around schools is important to ensure the safety of school children and the public. In particular, children are at a higher risk of being injured because of their size and inability to judge speed and distance. Parents and caretakers need to be aware that penalty notices will be issued for illegal parking within school zones. The penalty includes fines and demerit points. The number of demerit points lost is determined yearly by the State Government.

Safety First: Encourage your child to enter and exit carefully from the kerb.
Expect the unexpected, as children might rush out onto the street.
Park legally in allocated areas only. Don’t park in bus zones; do not park in No Stopping Zones, on or near Children crossings, on footpaths or over driveways.
No phone calls while driving, in Bus Zones or No Stopping Zones.
No U-turns in School Zones, as they put children and others at risk.
Never double park, as this reduces driver visibility, causes congestion and limits driver sight range.
Never call your child to come across the road.

City of Parramatta runs a School Safety Program with local schools in the LGA to ensure the safety of school children and the public. The Program educates and encourages appropriate parking around School Zones and includes information about parking safely near schools, bus safety and crossing roads safely with primary school aged children. City of Parramatta is also developing maps around School Zone showing where drivers can legally stop. For more information visit The City of Parramatta - School Parking Finder.

Find out more Road Safety around schools and school zones.

Speeding in local streets

Everybody should be able to walk around their community safely. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

Many people define speeding by 5-10 kilometres per hour as merely ‘driving over the limit’ and even view speeding by 10-20 kilometres as ‘acceptable speeding’. These are dangerous attitudes because there is no such thing as 'safe' speeding. Motorists should travel within the standard 50km/h speed limit on Parramatta’s local streets. Motorists who drive at excessive speeds are not only a danger to themselves, they are a danger to other motorists and vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Bicycle Safety

The moment a bicycle enters a pathway, a sidewalk, a park, a street, or a road, it becomes a vehicle. This means that both bicycle riders and motor vehicles need to obey the same traffic rules and regulations.

As a cyclist you need to remain aware of the following:

  • never ride against traffic
  • don’t weave between parked cars
  • follow lane markings
  • keep both hands ready to brake
  • wear a helmet and never ride with headphones
  • keep your bike in good condition
  • use bicycle lights at night
  • signal with your hands when turning

Drink Driving

Drink driving is a crime. If you drink any alcohol and drive, you are more likely to:

  • kill or injure yourself or someone else
  • lose your licence
  • be fined up to $1100 for a first office
  • be pulled over and charged
  • gain a criminal record

Just a small amount of alcohol can reduce your ability to drive. The best way to avoid being over the legal limit is not to consume any alcohol if you are going to drive. Standard drinks vary for the standard measure of 10mg of alcohol. Find out more about standard drinks and remember that people process alcohol in different ways. 

The legal blood alcohol limit for:

  • Learner and Provisional (P1 & P2) licence holders is zero
  • unrestricted licence holders is under 0.05 

Seat belts and Child Car Seats

Studies show that seat belts save lives and reduce injuries in a crash. By law, every passenger in the vehicle must wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is important because:

  • it prevents ejection from the vehicle
  • reduces contact with the car’s interior
  • decreases the time for an occupant to stop moving forward on impact
  • spreads the impact force across a larger area of your body

Child Restraint

A child restraint that has not been fitted properly can result in serious injury or even death. The law requires that children up to the age of seven years old must be correctly restrained. It is important that your child’s restraint is suitable for their size and weight, and situated in the rear of your vehicle.

Find out more about child restraints, seat belts and speeding at Transport for NSW's Centre for Road Safety.

Parking near driveways & intersections

Pedestrians and drivers cannot see oncoming traffic when vehicles are parked too closely to intersections.

You must:

  • stop 20m before an intersection or on a road with traffic lights
  • stop 10m before an intersection or roads without traffic lights 
  • not park on or across you own driveway or anyone else's driveway. 

Diagram showing car parked 10 meters from intersection