Aboriginal road safety
People living in our remote regions face a range of health and social disadvantages that contribute to their risk of crashing. Poorer road conditions, delayed access to medical services, road hazards and the need to travel longer distances on higher speed or unsealed roads also increases this risk.
Low rates of vehicle ownership, make travelling in open load spaces and vehicle overcrowding common. Unlicensed driving is also a common occurrence.
Aboriginal people represent approximately 30% of the Northern Territory’s population but are tragically over-represented in our road safety statistics. Around 50% of NT road deaths and 30% of serious injuries are Aboriginal people.
Not wearing seatbelts is a factor in over 50% of these deaths.
Alcohol is the biggest contributing factor to road deaths involving Aboriginal people. Around half of these deaths are linked in whole or part to alcohol.
- DriveSafe driver education and licensing program - free driver education, training and licensing services
- Digital online driver education resources in English and language
- Regional and remote school road safety education program
- Road Safety Community Grants Program
- MACC Enough’s Enough and Sorry Business campaigns in language
- Road Safety promotion at community events and festivals
- The Michael Long leadership and Learning Centre road safety education sessions (MLLLC) focusing on seatbelts
- MACC partnership with Kidsafe NT to build capability in remote areas to fit child restraints
What you can do
- encourage others in your community to be safe and responsible drivers
- if you have been drinking, don’t drive:
- plan how you will get home, or
- stay the night.
- sign up for the DriveSafeNT Remote program if you are living in a remote community
- ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy
- expect the unexpected and drive to the speed limit
- obey the road rules, buckle up and drive to the conditions of the vehicle and the road
Relevant Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2022 actions
|1.3||Evaluate and strengthen road safety education programs including road safety education in the school curriculum.||2-3||DIPL / DOE||Safe road use|
|1.5||Enable expanded transport options including a review of urban and remote transport networks.||3-5||DIPL||
Safe road use|
|3.1||Continue to facilitate and expand the Aboriginal child restraint programs which provide access for the fitment of child restraints||2-5||MACC / DIPL||DOE / DOH / Police||Safe road use|
|7.1||Develop place based strategies and initiatives to create positive road safety culture in partnership with remote communities.||DIPL||Safe people|
|7.2||Continue to expand DriveSafe NT Remote to maximise road safety outcomes in communities.||1-2||DIPL||Safe people|
|7.3||Develop and deliver targeted and culturally appropriate road safety campaigns and messaging in language, including school resources.||1-2||DIPL||DIPL / MACC/ POLICE||Safe people|
|7.4||Develop strategies to address the over representation of Aboriginal people incarcerated for traffic offences.||1-2||DIPL||ADG / DCM / Aboriginal Policy||Safe people|
|7.4||Develop targeted and culturally appropriate strategies to minimise possible suspension of licenses, as a result of any unpaid fines.||1-2||DIPL / ADG||Safe people|
- Seatbelt animation (YouTube)
- Drink driving animation (YouTube)
- Bicycle animation (YouTube)
- Pedestrian safety animation (YouTube)
- Artback NT – Road Safety All Stars
- Barunga Road Safety Short Film Competition 2016-17 (YouTube)
- East Arnhem Regional Council – ‘Click Clack Front and Back’ Seatbelt campaign (Road Safety Grant recipient)
- Aboriginal Road Safety Posters
- Western Australia Road Safety Commission – Keeping your mob safe on the roads offers advice on how each community can approach businesses or groups outside the community to support funding road safety improvements.