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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Source: Susan Templeman MP, Member For Macquarie
Archived 15 Jan 2018 - Posted: 18 Nov 2017
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, and SARAH (Safer Australian Roads and Highways) President, Peter Frazer, are asking all Australians to spare a moment to honour those we have lost on our roads and highways on Sunday 19 November 2017 - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

“At midday this Sunday, we ask Australians to pause for a moment, to both remember the 1.3 million people killed each year on the world’s roads, and to also reflect on the tragedy that occurs across our nation,” Ms Templeman said.

“With 1,295 of our fellow Australians killed, 35,000 seriously injured and, at a conservative cost of $30,000,000,000 in 2016, the road statistics are outrageous.”

The intention of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is to remember the many millions killed and injured on the World’s Roads, together with their families and many others also affected, as well as reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster.

“Too often when a road tragedy is reported, the headline is that an anonymous person has been killed, and as a result, traffic is banked up delaying commuters,” Mr Frazer said.

“Because the stories behind these statistics are hidden from public view, we know our community can become desensitized. But speak with our emergency service workers about what they face each day, or listen as family and friends tell of the horror they must endure, and it is impossible not to be moved.

“Our nation has always come together to help one another and comfort those in need. So in recognising this national tragedy, it’s time to give Australians a simple way to show they stand in solidarity.”

“At midday this Sunday (12:00pm 19th November), we are asking that people stop for a moment to remember the more than 1,200 Australians killed on our roads last year,” Ms Templeman said.

By simply tying a yellow ribbon to your vehicle you can publicly demonstrate that you honour those who have been affected by road tragedy and that you choose to actively look after those on the road ahead.

“By honouring the 1200@1200, and then pledging to “DRIVE So Others Survive!” you are making a real difference to road safety for us all!” Mr Frazer said.

 
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