South West drivers were urged to show care and consideration for one another on the roads this festive season at the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West‘s Christmas Road Safety Launch held in Collie on Tuesday.
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts joined Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray to officially launch the WALGA Roadwise Road Ribbon for Road Safety Campaign at the launch.
The Minister also unveiled the 2018 Road Safety Calendar – a local initiative developed with Road Trauma Trust Account funding.
The calendar showcases artwork from children across the region and is intended to keep road safety front and centre in the minds of road users every day of the year.
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said she wanted all Western Australians to travel safely and enjoy time with their family and friends this festive season.
“I congratulate the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West for their commitment to reducing road trauma in the region,” said Ms Roberts. “We all have one focus – to save lives, so it is vitally important that industry groups continue to work with government and the community to develop effective road safety strategies.”
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the Collie, Harvey, and Greater Bunbury regions had seen far too many people lose their lives in avoidable accidents in recent years.
“I ask all road users to be mindful that while the Christmas period is a time when we often see incidents spike, being vigilant and responsible should be front-of-mind year round,” Mr Murray said. “The 2018 Road Safety Calendar is an important locally developed initiative to emphasise the importance of safe road use 365 days a year.”
The Industry Road Safety Alliance South West brings together industry, government, police and community groups in a collaborative effort aimed at reducing road trauma in the region.
The calendar and Road Ribbons for Road Safety are available free of charge throughout the region. Contact Industry Road Safety Alliance South West Project Manager Sarah Stanley for the closest pick-up point.