- National Road Safety Week from April 30 to May 6
- Western Australian drivers urged to 'Drive so others survive'
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has officially opened National Road Safety Week 2018, as landmarks across the State are lit yellow to raise awareness of road safety.
Perth's Yagan Square was the location for this year's launch, attended by National Road Safety Week founder Peter Frazer.
Mr Frazer is the President of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), a group set up following the tragic roadside fatality of his daughter Sarah in 2012.
Sarah was killed along with a tow truck driver after a truck hit them as they were standing in the breakdown lane of a New South Wales highway.
Popular landmarks across Australia support the week by changing their lighting to yellow, as a visual reminder for people to drive safely.
Western Australian places include:
- Elizabeth Quay;
- The Bell Tower;
- Council House;
- Tonkin Highway Gateway;
- Mandurah Traffic Bridge; and
- St George's Cathedral.
The public can also make an active commitment to road safety on the SARAH Group website by making a pledge to drive safely, wearing a yellow ribbon or placing a yellow sticker on their car and talking about road safety with family and friends.
Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"The theme of this year's Road Safety Week highlights the responsibility that every road user has for their own safety and that of every other person using the road.
"Last year, 1,227 people were killed on Australian roads, and of those, 161 lost their lives here in WA.
"The impact road trauma has on families, friends and the broader community is devastating and as a community, we must aspire to zero being the only acceptable number of deaths on our roads.
"I want to encourage every Western Australian to wear a yellow ribbon this week, have a conversation about road safety with their family and friends and take the pledge to drive safely."
Minister's office - 6552 6900