National Road Safety Week

Community life - 1 May 2018

Kempsey Shire Council is supporting the 2018 Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Week, which runs from 30 April through to 6 May and asks the community to join the campaign to promote safer Australian roads and highways.

Now in its fifth year, the event is 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 in road accidents.

Council’s Project Officer - Community Safety, Marilyn Breen, said council, in partnership with Transport NSW, has hosted a number of road safety initiatives this year to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving.

“Some of the free events that have been held include two Seniors Road Safety Awareness workshops during the NSW Seniors Festival, Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshop, and a Bike Helmet Exchange as part of Youth Week, she said. 

“We all have a shared responsibility to improve road outcomes both locally and nationally.

"During National Road Safety Week Council staff and the wider community are encouraged to take the online pledge to drive safely.”

Drivers on country roads face unique risks. While country residents make up only one-third of the NSW population, two-thirds of all fatalities occur on our country roads.

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 5km 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 

Bike Helmet ExchangeYoung bike riders received new helmets at the West Kempsey Family Fun Day as part of a Bike Helmet Exchange during local Youth Week celebrations