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National Road Safety Week – A Timely Reminder to Take Care on the Roads

By Office of Shayne Mallard Member of the Legislative Council
Posted: 19 Nov 2020
Blue Mountains road users are being encouraged to think about how their driving affects others during National Road Safety Week starting on Sunday 15 November.

Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP said country people make up a third of NSW’s population, but last year deaths on country roads made up more than two-thirds of our road toll.

“As of the 20th of October 2020, six people have died on our roads in the Blue Mountains in the last five years” Mr Mallard said.

“These deaths echo through the community and are felt by so many other people – family and friends, work colleagues, community groups and emergency services personnel.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said more than 1,200 lives are lost on the nation’s roads each year.

“More than 260 people have died on our roads this year. Any death on our roads is one death too many. The road toll is every driver’s responsibility and unfortunately speeding, drink and drug driving and fatigue remain our biggest killers,” Mr Toole said.

“While the NSW Government is making record investment to make our roads the safest in the world, we can’t do it alone, so we’re asking everyone to take the pledge to drive so others survive.”

National Road Safety Week is coordinated by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), an organisation launched by Peter Frazer following the tragic loss of his daughter Sarah in a crash in February 2012.

This year, NSW held the launch of National Road Safety Week on Sunday, 15 November which coincided with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge were lit yellow on Sunday 15 November. The bridge remains lit throughout the week with Towards Zero and yellow ribbon graphics projected onto the pylons until Sunday, 22 November.
 

 
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