Road safety

Our Transport Safety Strategy has a vision to provide safe travel for the whole community by adopting the Safe System approach.

This approach will prioritise safe people, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe roads and will assist use to achieve our goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries within Moonee Valley.

Crossing the road is not a game

Moonee Valley residents are being urged to take more care and avoid distractions when using the road.

The new 'Not a Game' campaign is encouraging people to cross the road safely by using pedestrian crossings, obeying the signals, looking up from mobile phones, and looking out for oncoming traffic and other distractions.

The campaign is also encouraging drivers to look out for pedestrians and 'expect the unexpected'.

Less Selfie. More Safety.

We want your view of Moonee Valley to be seen with your eyes, not through a camera – and we definitely want your eyes on the road while you’re driving.

Driving distractions can have devastating consequences, so leave the selfies, texts and social media updates until you’re out of the car.

Watch the animation to find out what can happen if you drive distracted.

Road Safety program for seniors

There are many Senior road safety program available including workshops and talks. Council can support your group, centre or club to deliver a program or workshop.

Most programs can be conducted at your own venue or we can provide a venue that would be suitable for your group or club to use.

Resources and programs for seniors:

If you would like to hold or attend any of the above sessions, please contact Councils Transport Project Officer on 9243 8888 or email transport@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Child restraints

There are laws for the type of restraints children of a certain age need to travel in.

  • birth to 6 months rearward facing restraint
  • 6 months to 4 years rearward or forward facing restraint
  • 4 to 7 years forward facing restraint or booster seat
  • older than 7 years booster seat or adult seatbelt

While the law specifies the minimum, it’s safest to only move your child to the next type of restraint once they outgrow their current restraint. The restraint you choose must meet the Australian standard and be properly fastened and adjusted.

See the RACV website for information on child restraints. 

The next free child restraint fitting day is on:

When: Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 8.30am to 12.30pm

Where: car park on Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, opposite the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club

Here are a couple of videos:

 

Wiser Driver course for older drivers

Busy roads, confusing road rules and lack of confidence can often be a challenge for older drivers. 

Improve your driving and road safety skills through our free Wiser Driver course. Participants will gain confidence driving, re-fresh their road rules and discuss some of the common challenges for older drivers.

When: Wednesday, 1, 8, 15 and 22 May from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Where: Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, corner Epsom and Langs Roads, Ascot Vale 

Cost: Free 

To make a booking call our Transport Safety Officer on 9243 8888 or email transport@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Keeping kids safe in Moonee Valley

It’s never ok to leave a child in an unattended car.

We’ve installed KidSafe ‘Don’t leave kids in cars’ signs in our off-street car parks to remind drivers just before they leave their car.

The thought of running a quick errand and leaving a child in the car for a minute can be tempting for a parent or carer. Leaving children unattended in a car on any day is dangerous, let alone a hot summer’s day (when the inside temperature of the car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than outside). It could result in serious injury or death.

KidSafe Victoria recommends:

  • If you have to leave the car, even to run a quick errand – take the children with you
  • Never leave children in a car without adult supervision for any length of time, not even a minute!
  • Make ‘look before you leave’ a routine whenever you get out of the car

If you see a child alone in a car you should:

  • Call 000 and ask for the Fire Brigade
  • Give your location, the vehicle registration number and details about the child (approximate age and condition)
  • If the car is unlocked, open the doors and wait for emergency services
  • If you are concerned about the child’s condition then try to remove them from the vehicle safely

Share the road

See VicRoad's Travel Happy campaign tips for cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, truck drivers or people that travel on public transport.

Share the road, travel happy!

A metre matters 

The Amy Gillett Foundation’s A metre matters campaign launched in 2009 focusing on drivers not hitting cyclists. The message of the campaign is that when passing cyclists, drivers need to allow a minimum passing distance of one metre (or 1.5 metres in speed zones over 60km).

Hoon driver behaviour

If hoon driving behaviour is a regular occurrence in your area, offenders can have their vehicles impounded, immobilised or confiscated.

Please call 1800 333 000 to report hoon behaviour or complete a form (pdf, 651KB) and send it to:

Fawkner Highway Patrol
1151 Sydney Road
Fawkner 3046

More information

More information and additional resources for schools and parents, alongside our Better Moves Around Schools program can be found on our Better Moves and School Programs page.  

For more information about road safety, call our Traffic and Transport team on 9243 8888 or email transport@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Last updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:42 AM