Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week

Community life - 9 May 2017

Kempsey Shire Council is supporting the 2017 Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week from 8-14 May and is asking the community to join the Save Lives: #SlowDown campaign to promote safer Australian roads and highways.

Now in its fourth year, the event is being organised by SARAH (Safer Australian Roads and Highways) with its partners the Australian Automobile Association, Altus Traffic and Road Safety Education with support from local Councils.

The week focuses on improving safety on our roads and highways as well as remembering those who have lost their lives or have been seriously injured.

Council’s Project Officer - Community Safety, Marilyn Breen, said road safety is not only about protecting yourself but everyone who uses the roadway.

“We all have a shared responsibility to improve road outcomes, locally and nationally,” Ms Breen said.

“The need for safer roads is shared across Australia but is particularly prevalent locally, given the many gravel roads in the Shire and the close proximity of the Pacific Highway which many of us use on a daily basis.

"During the week, Council staff and the community will be encouraged to take the online pledge to drive safely.”

Locally, there were 55 crashes in the Kempsey Shire from January to June 2016. The crashes resulted in two fatalities and 38 injuries. The major contributing factor was fatigue (33 per cent) and speeding (30 per cent).

Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week is a response to the tragic death of Sarah Frazer whose car broke down on the Hume Highway, about 5kms from Mittagong, in 2012. Both Ms Frazer and the tow truck driver assisting her, were side-swiped by a truck and killed.

More information about the work of the SARAH Group, Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week, and to take the road safety pledge visit www.sarahgroup.org 

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