From 6 to 12 May 2019, all road users in Livingstone are being asked to show their road safety leadership as part of National Road Safety Week.
This an annual event held to remember the lives lost on our roads and explore ways to decrease these traumatic road events.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said each year, statistics show around 1200 people are killed and another 35,000 are seriously injured in crashes on Australian roads.
“Sadly, our region accounts for a significant number of fatalities and serious injuries,” Cr Hutton said.
“Council is joining communities throughout Australia by encouraging everyone to pause at midday on Monday, May 6 to remember those affected by road tragedy.
“This year's theme, Lead the Way: Drive so Others Survive builds recognition that everyone, as individuals and collectively, can be a leader for road safety - through our own behaviour, by serving as role models, by supporting those affected by road trauma, and by sharing the road safety message.
“It is also important to both remember and pay our respects to those who’ve been impacted, lost their lives or have been injured as well as the families who have affected by road tragedies.
“On this day of remembrance we all have an opportunity to play our part in lowering these terrible statistics by joining in the call for every community member to commit to the pledge of driving more safely.”
Peter Frazer, Founder of National Road Safety Week and President of the SARAH Group said: “Now in its seventh year, National Road Safety Week continues to grow across the country with the amazing support of Government, councils, emergency services, road safety groups, corporate partners and the community. As the country turns yellow for the week, we implore all drivers to drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead and make sure everyone gets home safely.
“Too many precious lives have been lost. Too many have been seriously or severely injured. We need to actively look after one another by choosing not to drive distracted, not to speed and certainly to never drive under the influence. I implore every single driver to take our pledge and drive so that you and others survive,” Mr Frazer continued.
Livingstone Shire Council and the National Road Safety Week Partners are encouraging all Australians to take the “Drive So Others Survive!” pledge at: https://www.roadsafetyweek.net.au/