People killed on Western Australian roads will be remembered this Sunday on World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims.
Road Safety Minister Rob Johnson today launched the event at St George’s Cathedral in Perth, where 193 burning candles were lit to represent the number of people killed on WA roads in 2009.
“Last year, 193 people were killed and a further 2,548 were seriously injured on WA roads, placing an enormous emotional, physical and financial burden on family members, friends and the community,” Mr Johnson said.
“By lighting 193 candles today, we remember these victims and their families and can begin to work together to prevent this tragic loss of life on our roads.
“More than 100,000 men, women and children are killed or seriously injured daily on the world’s roads - that’s one person killed or seriously injured about every second.
“As road users, we all must share the responsibility for road safety in order to reduce the number of people dying or becoming seriously injured on our roads.”
The Soldiers’ Chapel in St George’s Cathedral will be set aside this weekend as a place for private prayer and reflection for people who wish to remember those killed or injured in road crashes.
The cathedral will hold services - available to all denominations and people with non-religious backgrounds - at 10am and 5pm.
White ribbons, symbolising a united approach to improving road safety in WA, will be available at the cathedral.
Visit http://www.ors.wa.gov.au or phone 138 138 for more information.
Minister's office - 9222 9211