Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Global day of remembrance for victims of road trauma

    19/11/2017 11:00 AM
     
    • Men aged between 18-24 and regional drivers over-represented in road crashes in WA
    • Key road safety figures and families pause to remember victims 

    Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has today joined Western Australian families impacted by road trauma for a special day of remembrance.

     

    World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November to remember the millions killed and injured in road crashes each year.

     

    Here in Western Australia, the event is co-ordinated by Road Trauma Support WA, the State's only dedicated service supporting Western Australians impacted by road trauma.

     

    Each year around the country, an average of 1,200 people are killed on our roads and more than 30,000 are seriously injured.

     

    In addition to the massive emotional and physical toll suffered by families and communities, road trauma is estimated to cost the country $27 billion per annum.

     

    Men aged between 18-24 and drivers in remote and regional WA continue to be over-represented in road crash data.

     

    Speed, drink and drug driving, fatigue, failure to wear seatbelts and distraction remain the leading causes of death and injury on our roads.

     

    Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:

     

    "Far too often we deal in numbers and statistics when talking about deaths and injuries on our roads.

     

    "What we don't always see is the devastating impact that road trauma has on thousands of WA families each year and the personal stories behind those headlines.

     

    "I want to take the opportunity to thank all our emergency service workers for the tireless work they do, and recognise the impact road trauma also has on them at a personal level.

     

    "Road safety is everyone's responsibility and if we all make a commitment to drive so others survive, then we can work together to reduce death and injury on our roads and prevent more families experiencing the tragedy of road trauma."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6900