A one year open speed trial will commence on a section of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs to just south of Barrow Creek. An unrestricted speed limit means you should drive at speeds that would keep yourself and other road users safe at all times. Penalties for exceeding the speed limit across the Territory will also increase on 1 February 2014. Find out more information about the Open Speed trial, speed penalties and how to drive safely to conditions.
Is your vehicle safe? Is the road safe? Is your journey safe? Each year many Territorians travel long distances by car to visit friends and family throughout the Territory and the rest of Australia. This is particularly the case around the end of year holiday season and school holidays.While the reasons and the destinations visited are varied, we all need to ensure we plan and prepare for a safe journey before leaving home. Find our more information and tips to ensure the journey is a safer more enjoyable one and you arrive and return home safely. Read the media release.
Wearing a seatbelt doubles your chances of surviving a serious crash. It only takes 2 seconds to put your seatbelt on and by doing so could save your life and the lives of others in the car. By law drivers are responsible for making sure all passengers are restrained regardless of age. They also need to ensure that children are properly restrained by a suitable and approved child car seat or seatbelt. Over the last ten years (2003-2012) 356 people were killed while driving vehicles on our roads. Nearly 50% (168) of these people killed were not wearing seatbelt.
Commencing 1 July 2013, increases will apply to a number Traffic Infringement Notices, as a deterrent to drivers from a road safety and public interest perspective. Additional fine increases have also been identified to the financial penalty for drink and drug driving offences. The increases to fines make Territory Infringement Notices comparable to fines in other jurisdictions. View the full summary of increased infringement fines.
The Northern Territory Government is introducing new laws for children travelling in vehicles on 1 February 2013. These new laws will require all children in the under 7 years of age to be secured in an approved child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a car or vehicle. The type of the restraint depends on the age of the child. The new laws are based on the Australian Road Rules and are designed to ensure that children are better protected when travelling in cars and other vehicles. Find out more about the new child car restraint laws.
The Ichthys LNG project is now underway, with construction happening at the Howard Springs Workers Accommodation Village and around the Blaydin Point site. The Department of Transport has worked with INPEX, through a joint Transport Committee, as the company developed its Traffic Management Plan for the Ichthys project. The Plan is an overarching document that addresses the impact on our transport network of project-related work by INPEX and its sub-contractors, including JKC. Find out more about the Ichthys project, including the Traffic Management Plan.
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