NSW motorists are being asked to ‘drive so others survive,’ with the State throwing its support behind National Road Safety Week (running until 21 May).
Supporting the initiative, Minister for Roads, John Graham said the Week highlighted the tragic impact of road trauma and the ways “we can all work to reduce it.”
“This National Road Safety Week, we remember all those who have lost their lives on our roads, and their families left behind,” Mr Graham said.
“Tragically, 291 people were killed in crashes on NSW roads last year and 1,187 nationwide,” he said.
“These are not just numbers, they are family, friends and loved ones who did not return home.”
Mr Graham said landmarks across the State, including The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Central Station Grand Concourse, and CommBank Stadium would be lit up in yellow to raise awareness of the devastating impacts of road trauma on the community.
“Please drive under the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, put your phone away and never drive if you’re tired or affected by drugs and alcohol.”
He said National Road Safety Week was an initiative of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, launched by Peter Frazer following the tragic loss of his daughter Sarah at a road crash in Sydney’s south in 2012.
Mr Frazer asked every driver and rider to make their own commitment to actively protect the lives of all those on the road.
“You can start by going to roadsafetyweek.com.au and taking the pledge, and then ask your family, friends and colleagues to do the same,” Mr Frazer said.
“Everyone has a right to get home safe to their loved ones, every day, no exceptions.”