City of Swan gets speeding message to stick

Published on 17 May 2018

The City of Swan has reinvigorated a road safety initiative aimed at making local suburban roads safer.

The City staff recently placed “Please Slow Down - Consider our Kids” stickers on the side of domestic rubbish bins in Ballajura.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the bin stickers are part of a community education campaign aimed at changing driver behaviour.

“A number of households in the Ballajura area were selected to participate in this initiative, which is a simple and effective way to get drivers thinking about their behaviour on the road,” he said.

“The stickers are a visual reminder for drivers to reduce their speed and use caution, acting as a subtle deterrent for bad behaviour.”

Ballajura Police Station Senior Sergeant Ian North said the Western Australia Police Force strongly supports the campaign.

“The use of “Please Slow Down - Consider our kids” wheelie-bin stickers started in Perth 18 years ago and has become a very successful program across Australia,” he said.

“Pedestrians are among our most vulnerable road users and children are particularly at risk on our roads and roadsides.

“It’s important that motorists slow down to 50km/h in built up areas, and 40km/h around schools.”

Whiteman Ward Councillor Maria Haynes said supporting the initiative was simple.

“All you need to do is put your bin out on the street verge on the usual collection day,” she said.

“If you are putting out your recycling bin, please ensure the sticker remains visible to oncoming traffic.

“The City is committed to keeping our roads safe, and we thank you for your support and participation in this important initiative.”

In future, the City will look to roll this initiative out in other areas where required.