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Blue Mountains Drivers Urged to Slow Down to Save Lives

By Office of Shayne Mallard Member of the Legislative Council
Posted: 15 Aug 2020
Drivers travelling in Blue Mountains are being urged to slow down this Rural Road Safety Month, with more than two-thirds of the lives lost on NSW roads occurring in the country.

Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP said preliminary figures show 147 people were killed or injured in crashes on Blue Mountains roads in 2018/19, while 230 people were killed and seriously injured in the five years from 2014/15 to 2018/19.

Mr Mallard said speed was the most common factor for fatalities in the Blue Mountains during this five-year period, contributing to about 60 per cent of people killed.

“Every one of these deaths and serious injuries has had a devastating impact on families, friends and communities,” Mr Mallard said.

“Whether you’re a driver, passenger, rider or pedestrian, every decision you make on the road matters and we all have a responsibility to make safe choices.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole last week launched Rural Road Safety Month, an initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, with campaign advocate, NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler.

“Every time you get behind the wheel, the choices we make can have fatal consequences,” Mr Toole said.

“Every life lost or serious injury suffered represents a family, a friend and a community that is impacted. Speeding remains the biggest contributor to road fatalities, accounting for 39 per cent of fatalities last year.

“The NSW Government is committed to making roads safer for everyone, which is why we’re investing more than $640 million in the Safer Roads Program for regional NSW, along with $140 million from the Federal Government to roll out life-saving projects.”

Information on Rural Road Safety Month is here and the Safer Roads program here. 

 
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