“Choose Road Safety” is the message from NSW Police as its officers mark the fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May, 2019).
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said this week will serve not only as a tragic reminder for those that have lost loved ones in road crashes across NSW, but also across Australia.
“In the last twelve months, 1176 lives have been lost across Australia, 370 of those were in New South Wales,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“That is that many family, friends, and others, all directly impacted by road trauma. Then take a moment to consider the police, ambulance paramedics, fire rescue personnel, volunteer emergency personnel, and medical staff, who have had to deal with such tragedies on our roads.
“Police and partner agencies across Australia are all focussed on road safety, through education, engagement, enforcement, and treatment. It is time for road users to consider their behaviour on our roads and help us drive down the road toll.”
Assistant Commissioner Corboy said drivers should ensure they and their passengers, including children, are properly restrained.
“Those who have used drugs, or consumed alcohol should not be driving. Drivers needed to stick to the speed limit, and drive to the road conditions,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“Motorcycle riders need to wear the right safety gear, and helmet, consider their own riding experience, and their limits.
“Cyclists need to wear proper helmets, bright clothing, and make sure they are visible to other road users.
“Pedestrians need to make sure they cross at controlled points, are not distracted, and wear bright clothing – particularly at night.”
“Now is the time for all road users to ensure they are sharing the road safely – not just for themselves, but also for their families, and other road users,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
Traffic & Highway Patrol Command officers will continue to conduct speed enforcement, random breath and mobile drug testing, driver and vehicle compliance, along with community engagement & education programs, all in an effort to keep road users safe on NSW roads.
More info; https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/about