The National Road Safety Week aims to raise awareness about the dangers and impacts road accidents bring in many Australian communities. From 14 to 21 of May, the campaign will “highlight the tragic impact of road trauma and ways we can all work to reduce it,” according to the New South Wales Government.
According to the Australian Automobile Association, approximately 1,200 Australians die while 44,000 get “seriously injured” annually due to road accidents.
Along with other districts, The Hills Shire Council supports the safety campaign. Those who wish to support could participate in an online pledge, sporting a yellow ribbon or placing the ribbon onto a car.
As of writing, the online pledge has reached almost 60,000 and can be accessed on the National Road Safety Week 2023’s website.
National Road Safety Week campaign
During the week, there are themes for each day of the campaign:
14/05 – Remember the 1200
15/05 – Your Road Safety Pledge
16/05 – Road Safety for Young People
17/05 – Slow Down and Give Them Space
18/05 – How safe is my ride?
19/05 – Let’s all get Home Safe
20/05 – Share the path
21/05 – Take care on regional roads
Peter Frazer OAM spearheads the safety campaign from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group and collaborates with the Australian government to reduce road accidents. Various landmarks in NSW such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be illuminated in yellow to support the campaign.
Image sourced from National Road Safety Week 2023