Heavy Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Awareness Display
The Alice Springs Heavy Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Awareness display was held on Sunday 22 April.
The event allowed our team to educate approximately 57 youths in Alice Springs on road safety topics like National Road Safety Week, heavy vehicle stopping distances and ‘Be Seen Be Safe’ when walking around in the dark.
An additional event was held on 30 April, which saw an additional 60 youths involved in talks with the team regarding road safety initiatives.
Antisocial behaviour and youth crime in Alice Springs has been a longstanding issue in the community.
In particular, incidents of rock throwing have been reported to the police in many instances and has been on the rise in the last few years.
This type of antisocial behaviour has caused injury to members of the public and resulted in damages to vehicles and businesses.
Industry is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of their drivers and of the dangers to the youth involved.
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is assisting with providing mitigation strategies to support Police and Alice Springs Town Council in regards to these issues.
The Heavy Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Awareness displays aim to educate and remind youth about the risks of running onto roads and rock throwing.
School education programs where Road Safety NT and the Alice Springs Police have and will continue to provide joint presentations to local schools on truck safety awareness.
The Department has taken preliminary steps in addressing the issues including the installation of CCTV and removal of rocks at identified ‘hotspots’ in Alice Springs.