Embracing the Global and National Road Safety Week
Posted on: Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 12:00:00 AM
Local Governments and communities across the state came together during the 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week and National Road Safety Week 2019.
In the Mid West region, seven road safety pledge displays were set up at the City of Greater Geraldton Visitor's Centre, Geraldton Civic Centre, Greenough Visitor's Centre café, Mullewa Community Resource Centre and Kalbarri Visitor's Centre. The displays provided road safety information and encouraged visitors to sign a pledge to slow down, not drive tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never use mobile phones whilst driving.
Two of the South West’s RoadWise committees helped shine a light on road safety during the week, with the Cities of Mandurah and Bunbury lighting up their respective bridges in yellow to raise awareness about local road safety issues. The bridges have a combined 39,000 vehicles passing each day1. Lighting the bridges in yellow symbolised an active commitment to the "Drive So Others Survive" theme for 2019 and honoured those who have been seriously injured or killed in on our roads.
Broome Water Tower, lit up in yellow for Road Safety Week by the Water Corporation (in conjunction with the Broome RoadWise Committee) was visible to passing vehicles as well as those travelling in the air!
The Shire of Cranbrook took a high-vis approach, with team members posing with road ribbons in a Facebook post designed to encourage the community to drive so others survive (including the wording of the SARAH Group's road safety pledge).
Road safety was on display at Moondyne Festival in Toodyay, with the key message, "Drive So Others Survive" and the iconic heritage building, Connor’s Mill lit up all week. The Toodyay Library was also bathed in yellow for the week.
In Kalgoorlie-Boulder, St John Ambulance and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise Committee worked together to place yellow sashes around town and launched a local media campaign to raise awareness of those killed and seriously injured in the region each year.
Pictured above: The Shire of Cranbrook team members take a high-vis approach to road safety; Connors Mill in Toodyay, lit up in yellow as part of National Road Safety Week.
1 Main Roads WA, Traffic Map, https://trafficmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au/map
Thank you to the Local Governments, RoadWise committees, community groups and others for working together to promote the road safety messages associated with both the United Nations Global Road Safety Week and National Road Safety Week in varied ways.
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