RoadWise Committee Profile: Suzanne Reeves, Lake Grace RoadWise Committee

Posted on: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

The commitment of the RoadWise community road safety network can not be underestimated.

We know that individuals in the network contribute more than 16,000 hours to road safety each year1, but we also know it is about more than hours and dollars. 

This month, we profile community road safety network member and Lake Grace RoadWise Committee Secretary, Suzanne Reeves.

Suzanne became involved with WALGA's RoadWise through her position at the Lake Grace Community Resource Centre (CRC). The Shire had asked the CRC to be the secretariat for the group when it formed in 2000 and in 2006 the job became part of Suzanne's role. 
 
“It’s one of those jobs that isn’t a job as it gives an opportunity to make a difference.  Everyone knows someone who is affected by road trauma and it’s unfortunate that a split second decision can be the difference between life/health and death/disability,” Suzanne said.
 
“I have filled the role of secretary/treasurer since 2006, but the most satisfying part of the role for me is the involvement with the RoadWise Driver Reviver van. So many people want to be involved which makes it so easy to get the van out and operating." 

"The van gets tremendous feedback from motorists and we have many repeat customers.”
 
“It is also great when we have young people such as Kara Smith assisting with the Driver Reviver Van over the long weekends. Kara has been completing community volunteer hours as part of her school community volunteer program.”

“Our local road safety issues are very similar to regional and state issues. Fatigue and distraction are big issues. We all need to leave our mobile devices alone when we have the task of driving.” she said.

If you're travelling through Lake Grace and see the Driver Reviver van, be sure take a break and say hello to the Lake Grace volunteers.

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Pictured above: Kara Smith with Suzanne Reeves at the Lake Grace Driver Reviver operation.

Source: Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), Estimating the value of contributions to community-level action for road safety, WALGA, September 2015.

To find out how you can get involved and help prevent death and serious injury on Wheatbelt South roads, contact Road Safety Advisor Rodney Thornton on mob: 0409 689 313 or email rthornton@walga.asn.au.

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