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Nepean River Green Bridge

There is good news for Penrith residents concerning the Nepean River Green Bridge upgrade. Transport for New South Wales reports that tenders have been invited for the construction of the cycle and pedestrian access bridge between Penrith and Emu Plains.

The project is intended to provide an alternative to the Victoria Bridge, where non-motorists currently have to share the crossing with other road users such as trucks and passenger vehicles.

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What happens to your body in a car crash?

Researchers at Monash University are carrying out an in-depth study to analyse what trauma to the body happens in a car crash.

The academics are looking at 390 different accidents to answer a crucial question – why do some people come out unscathed in a car crash, whilst others face serious injuries or even death? The study is titled Australian National Crash In-depth Study (ANCIS).

Their initial findings have presented chilling insights to the trauma faced by the human body in an accident.

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Passengers increase the risk for young drivers

Young drivers could be more at risk of a fatal crash when they are carrying passengers, according to a recent study. Young drivers hold 16 per cent of the licences in Australia, and also represent the age group with the highest crash rate, according to the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA).

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Sydney CBD road upgrade underway

The city of Sydney, while having so much to offer its 4 million plus residents, also hosts some of the country’s most congested roads. According to TomTom’s latest Traffic Index report, Sydney commuters can expect to spend just under four days a year sitting in traffic, and it now ranks as one of the top 25 most congested cities in the world. It is time for some major road upgrades.

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Sleep Awareness Week

Article PhotoSleep deprivation is an exceedingly pressing issue that can have serious health implications when left unchecked. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, an alarming 18 per cent of Australian adults are sleeping less than six hours per night, while some 20 per cent suffer from chronically poor sleep.

With Australian Sleep Awareness Week taking place from July 6-12, now is the perfect time to alert New South Wales drivers to the dangers of getting behind the wheel while fatigued.

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Sleep better, Be better’, with the Chair of the Sleep Health Foundation, Professor David Hillman urging people to take the matter of their sleep habits more seriously.

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New Car Sales May 2015

Article PhotoDespite the Australian economy not looking as healthy as in recent months, consumers continue to push up new  car sales.

Based on the latest May numbers released by the Federal Chamber of Industries (FCAI), there were 93,327 new cars brought that month. While this figure is 1.3 per cent down on May 2014, 2015 year to date is 2.5 per cent ahead of last year – a massive 452,577 new vehicles sold over the first five months.

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Police crack down on road users in Sydney CBD

Last month marked the highest number of road fatalities in NSW since May 2013. According to the latest statistics released by NSW Transport, 164 people have lost their lives since the beginning of this year. Police decided to carry out a crackdown.

Police carried out a one-day operation in the Sydney CBD that resulted in a whopping 664 infringement notices issued to cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

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NSW study into driver behaviour

The University of NSW has launched a landmark research project in collaboration with several academic institutions and government agencies to determine the naturalistic driver behaviour of Australians.

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GPS may reduce driver fatigue

Driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to fatalities on NSW roads, according to Transport for NSW.

In addition, crashes caused by fatigue are twice as likely to be fatal than other accidents. Approximately three in 10 road crashes in Australia that result in death or serious trauma are a result of driver fatigue.

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ANCAP reduces road trauma and death

In the next five years, serious trauma and deaths on roads will decrease by at least one third according to the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This is due to the fact that most Australians will be travelling in cars with an ANCAP five-star safety rating.

It is estimated that close to half (40 per cent) of the kilometres driven this year will be in cars with the safety ratings.

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