Fluorescent orange stickers on crashed vehicles will be a sure sign to motorists that the crash has already been reported to police.
The new road safety device, developed by RoadWise, the Local Government Road Safety Strategy, was launched today by Local Government Minister Paul Omodei.
Mr Omodei said the bright orange A4-sized stickers would be placed on crashed vehicles by attending police officers so that passing motorists would know that the matter was in hand.
“Country people in particular are diligent about checking crashed vehicles for injured people and then about reporting the crashes to police,” he said.
“This new scheme will save them time and save police the time and effort of taking a number of reports about the one vehicle.”
The Minister said the stickers would be placed on the vehicle at the spot most visible from the road.
They would not damage the vehicle and could be easily removed when the vehicle was taken in for repairs.
The idea had been tested in the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes and was now being extended throughout the State.
It had won an Insurance Commission of WA/Road Safety Council award during its trial period.
Organised by the WA Municipal Association, RoadWise was funded by the Road Trauma Trust Fund.
It brought together local governments, the Police Service, transport groups and local communities to deal with road safety issues at local, regional and State levels.
“With more than 70 RoadWise committees throughout the State, local government is making a significant contribution to road safety,” Mr Omodei said.
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