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Car Crash Display a Sobering Reminder that Speed Kills

Source: Northern Beaches Council
Archived 7 Jan 2020 - Posted: 8 Nov 2019
If you are at Manly Beach on Saturday 9 November (10am-2pm), don’t miss the striking car crash display presented jointly by Northern Beaches Council and the Centre for Road Safety.

Highlighting the differences in impact on crashed cars travelling at 100 km/h versus 60 km/h, the twisted wreckage of the two vehicles will be a timely reminder to drivers to keep their speed down on roads.

Mayor Michael Regan said the aim of the Manly Beach pop-up display is to improve motoring culture on the Northern Beaches by raising awareness about the terrible consequences of poor driving practices.

“The Centre for Road Safety has produced the display to highlight the effect of speeding in a crash situation,” said Mayor Regan.

“Looking at the two wrecks, it’s pretty obvious why speeding causes so much carnage on our roads. Speeding increases both the likelihood - and severity - of car crashes.”

Northern Beaches Council is rolling out a range of initiatives in coming weeks to foster a culture of shared responsibility for road safety, promoting positive and safe behaviour on our roads and paths.

“The intention is to make our roads safe for everyone, including drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, bike riders and pedestrians,” said Mayor Regan.

One such recent initiative was Council’s recent collaboration with a local business to incentivise safer driving and measure changing behaviours among local drivers by using a free smartphone application. Over 700 residents participated.

The smartphone application measured driver behaviour across 27,487 trips covering 324,737 kilometres.

Driving behaviour for high-risk drivers decreased by 11% for speeding, 27% for unsafe braking and 40% for phone distraction.

At the car crash display in Manly (located where the Corso intersects with the ocean beach) on 9 November, there will be a video, giveaways and information on all things road safety. There will also be an opportunity to check out the latest NSW Highway Patrol vehicles, which will be on show.

 
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