Shine a Light Walk
The Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign aims to bring the community together to advocate for safer roads and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma.
“Everyone is invited to come and walk with us,” said Bernadette Nugent, chief executive officer of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV).
“As a community, it is vital that we share the responsibility for stopping the deaths and injuries on our roads,” Ms Nugent said.
“We must also come together in support of the people in our midst who live with the reality of road trauma, be they bereaved family members and friends, the injured, drivers involved in road crashes, emergency service workers and witnesses.
“The road toll reaches far beyond the number of deaths and injuries counted each year.”
Ms Nugent said the community organisation had experienced a 500 per cent increase in people using its services over the last four years partly due to the tragic events in Bourke Street in January 2017.
“It might take days, weeks or even months before people impacted by road trauma realise they may need some help,” Ms Nugent said.
The community walk, starts the week-long Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign. Some Australian landmark buildings will be illuminated in yellow, as part of the National Road Safety Week and on Friday 10 May motorists will be invited to turn on their headlights in support.
The Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign has the support of the Victorian Government, the TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police.
Road Trauma Support Services Victoria offers free information, support and counselling to anyone impacted by a road collision 1300 367 797 | www.rtssv.org.au