Road safety

Road safety is a priority for the Central Coast Council and we are working with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and other experts to promote a variety of initiatives and projects.

Road Safety focus areas include:

For further information on these programs or for any traffic and road enquiries, please contact Central Coast Council at or phone 1300 463 954.

Safe travels

Whether you are heading away for a trip or enjoying your own region, it is important to plan for a safe trip.

Double Demerits

Double Demerits are in force over long weekend periods.

Police will be targeting:

  • Speeding
  • Illegal mobile phone use
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Not using a child restraint
  • Riding without an approved motorcycle helmet.

Speeding – Stop It… Or Cop It

  • Drivers, riders and all road users breaking the road rules can be caught anywhere and at any time.
  • Please make road safety a priority and slow down.

What’s your Plan B?

  • Planning on celebrating with family and friends this festive season? If you’re having a drink, don’t drive. What’s your Plan B?
  • Drinking and boating don't mix – when you're driving a boat, the rules are the same as driving a car.


It is important to know the signs of driver fatigue:

  • Yawning
  • Sore eyes
  • Slow reactions
  • Poor concentration. 

Tips to reduce driver fatigue include:

  • Getting a good night’s sleep before driving.
  • Taking a break or swapping drivers when possible.

Remember – Don’t Trust your Tired Self.

Prepare for your trip

  • Be prepared before you go away.
  • If your vehicle is due for a service, have it done before you head off.
  • Remember, fatigue is one of the three big killers on NSW roads – don’t trust your tired self.

Keeping kids safe

During holiday periods and long weekends, there are lots of kids visiting popular holiday spots.

  • Drivers take extra care as excited children may be on the road walking/cycling to the beach or playground.
  • Mums, dads, grandparents and other carers, please hold your child’s hand and keep them safe, so everyone has a wonderful holiday!
  • Children need to be watched at all times when they are in or near water.

Walking and cycling safely


  • Take your time and plan your walk – you’re more likely to slip or trip if you’re rushed.
  • Wear safe shoes with slip resistant soles.
  • Wear bright colours to increase your visibility, especially at dawn or dusk.
  • Ensure you wear your hearing aid or glasses.
  • Use the footpaths and shared pathways when available.
  • Be aware of children, joggers, cyclists and animals.
  • When you’re on a shared pathway, keep to the left to allow room for cyclists to pass.
  • Listen out for nearby cyclists who are encouraged to ring their bell or horn to warn pedestrians that they’re about to pass.
  • If you stop to talk with someone, if possible move off the shared pathway or footpath, or to the far left of the path.
  • When crossing the road, take the safest, shortest and most direct route.
  • Use pedestrian crossings or traffic lights. If there aren’t any, look for the safest place to cross.
  • Wait for vehicles to stop completely before stepping off a kerb.
  • Check for turning vehicles and cyclists at intersections before crossing.
  • Never assume a driver can see you – their vision may be affected by poor light, sunlight or parked cars.
  • If you’re a bit unsteady, use handrails on stairs or ramps.

Walking with a dog

  • Keep dogs on short leads and under control at all times.


  • By law, you must wear an Australian and New Zealand approved helmet. Make sure the straps on your helmet are not twisted and it fits securely around your ears and under your chin.
  • Wear brightly coloured clothing so you’re easily seen by others.
  • Your bike must have a working brake, bell or horn and a rear reflector. If used at night, it must also have a front white light and a rear red light.
  • Check your bike every ride: (A) Air in tyres (B) Brakes are working (C) Chain intact.
  • Travel at a speed that is safe for you and the pedestrians you encounter.
  • Always be in control of your bike and ride in a predictable manner so that others do not have to react suddenly to your movements.
  • When riding on shared pathways, keep to the left. If you’re planning to pass someone, slow down and use your bell or horn to let them know you’re close by
  • and pass carefully on their right side.
  • Allow pedestrians one metre of space on shared paths when passing, where possible.
  • Children should be closely supervised and should not ride near busy roads.
  • Obey all road rules, including traffic lights, ‘Stop’ and ‘Give Way’ signs.
  • Use hand signals when changing lanes or turning left or right.
  • Stay a ‘car door width’ away from parked vehicles.
  • Riding on footpaths is not permitted. Exceptions to this rule are children under 16 years and supervising adult(s), who may ride on the footpath unless signs state otherwise. Children 16 years and older may also ride on the footpath when with an adult accompanying a child/children who are under 16 years.

School road safety

Parking restrictions around school zones are important to ensure children remain safe when they are dropped off by parents and carers. Council distributes educational material to familiarise the community on what the key signs in school zones mean.

No parking

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No Parking

Allows for parents to drop off or pick up during the times shown on the sign. The maximum time to stop is two minutes and the driver must remain in the vehicle or within three metres of the vehicle.

No Stopping

Stopping is not permitted at any time.

bus zone

Bus zone

Stopping or parking is not permitted within the zone during the times shown on the sign.

Fines and demerit points apply. More information on demerit point offenses is available at RMS Search demerit point offenses.

The Centre for Road Safety website has further information on keeping students safe, as does Safety Town for primary schools.

Drink Driving

Liquor accords are local voluntary liquor industry partnerships that aim to improve the operation of licensed premises, promote responsible service and consumption of alcohol, and prevent or reduce alcohol-related harm, violence and anti-social behaviour. Membership includes the operators of local licensed premises, NSW Police, NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), Central Coast Council and other community organisations and groups.

Central Coast Council works closely with the Brisbane Waters and Tuggerah Lakes Liquor Accords to identify local issues and develop and support initiatives relating to alcohol consumption and driving.

Young learner drivers

Graduated licensing scheme

The Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) helps new drivers gain experience and become safer drivers by spreading the learning process over four years. It requires learner drivers to have at least 120 hours of supervised practice in a wide variety of situations, including a minimum of 20 hours night time driving.

Parent Workshops

We hold workshops each year designed for parents and supervisors of young learner drivers. The two-hour program provides practical advice to help parents parents in supervising learner drivers.

Dates for the next workshops are yet to be determined.

Workshop bookings are essential. Visit to book.


Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is a program delivered to senior high school students to assist them with getting their licence. Supported by Central Coast Council and Rotary, it is delivered through participating schools.

For more information, contact Road Safety Education Ltd or phone 1300 127 642.

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Last updated : Mon 12 Jul 2021