National Road Safety Week will be acknowledged across Tasmania from the 14th to 21st May by the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS), showing support for those affected by road trauma, while acknowledging the work everyone needs to do to achieve zero fatal and serious injuries.
“Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility!” says Mrs Jenny Branch-Allen, Chair of the Tasmanian Chapter of the ACRS.
National Road Safety Week will be held to remind us of the impact of road trauma, and how, by working together, we can do things that can help save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads.
We ask you to take the pledge to drive so others survive, by visiting https://roadsafetyweek.com.au/
The pledge asks all road users to commit to removing distractions such as mobile phone use while driving, to not speed, or drive while tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol to safeguard friends, family, and everyone we might encounter on our roads.
By slowing down and giving vulnerable road users – such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and all roadside workers, including emergency personal – space, we can provide better safety outcomes for all.
The pledge is also for our leaders in government as well as road safety professionals, practitioners, engineers, and designers who are integral in funding, researching, and creating a safe environment for all road users.
“With so many innocent lives being cut short or irreparably changed by crashes on our roads it has never been more important for each of us to do what we can” said Mrs Branch-Allen.
“Keep an eye out for the many buildings and landmarks around Tasmania which will be lit in yellow to support Road Safety Week. The yellow lighting can remind us of our responsibilities, while allowing us to remember those who have lost their lives and been seriously injured on our roads.”
For more information about Road Safety Week please visit the Road Safety Week website at https://roadsafetyweek.com.au/ or the Road Safety Advisory Council’s website at https://www.rsac.tas.gov.au/campaign/national-road-safety-week-2023/