Drive so others survive
2018 National Road Safety Week: ‘Drive so others survive’
Perth has been chosen as the location of the 2018 National Road Safety Week launch, with WA landmarks to glow yellow, in remembrance of the hundreds of lives lost on Australian roads.
Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week began five years ago as an initiative of SARAH (Safer Australian Road and Highways) President Peter Frazer, who lost his daughter in a road crash in New South Wales in 2012.
Acting Commissioner of Road Safety Iain Cameron will join Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts and Mr Frazer to light up Perth’s icons in yellow to launch this year’s events, that will run from 29 April to 6 May.
“In what has become a National Road Safety Week tradition, we will switch on yellow lights at several Perth buildings and bridges, including Elizabeth Quay, the Bell Tower and Council House,” said Mr Cameron.
“When West Australians drive past these landmarks, the yellow glow will be a reminder of those people who lost have their lives on our roads, and of those families left behind.
“In 2018, the key message for the public is ‘Drive so others survive’, but also to be aware of fellow road users, and contemplate those whose lives have been affected by road trauma.”
A new theme will be observed daily during National Road Safety Week:
- Monday 30 April: Remember the 1200 (road deaths)
- Tuesday 1 May: Protecting those who rescue us (first responders, roadside assist, tow truck drivers)
- Wednesday 2 May: Protecting those who keep us safe (traffic controllers, road workers)
- Thursday 3 May: Protecting every life (pedestrians: children, seniors, people with disabilities)
- Friday 4 May: Shine a light on road safety (Headlights)
- Saturday 5 May: Yellow ride – cyclists and motorcyclists
- Sunday 6 May: Regional and remote road users
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