Road safety in spotlight

L-R: President and founder of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), Peter Frazer, presents City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Kate Hely and Stonnington CEO, Jacqui Weatherill, with the Yellow Ribbon Road Safety Council appreciation certificate in 2020.

The Malvern Town Hall has been lit yellow and nearby trees festooned with yellow ribbons this week to acknowledge National Road Safety week from 16 to 23 May. Joining other Melbourne landmarks such as Melbourne Star and Melbourne Town Hall that are shining bright in remembrance for those who have lost their lives on Australian roads.

The week-long initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group is an opportunity for us to reflect on the thousands of people who are killed or seriously injured on Australian roads each year.

Throughout the week, Australians are asked to become road safety warriors and Drive So Others Survive.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Kate Hely, said Council is proud to be part of the national program and is committed in supporting safer roads for Stonnington and all road users through its ‘Towards Zero’ Road Safety Strategy.

“This week is a timely reminder that we each have a responsibility to drive with care and Council developed its ‘Towards Zero’ Road Safety Strategy to help us address road safety issues in Stonnington.

“The health and wellbeing of our community is dependent on Stonnington becoming a road-smart community. Our goal is to reduce fatalities and traffic injuries through improved infrastructure and changing driver behaviour through education and engagement.

“Council will continue to identify and implement road safety initiatives to help us achieve our goal of zero road fatalities.”

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative led by the SARAH Group, in memory of 23 year old Sarah Frazer who, with a tow truck driver, was killed in the emergency lane of a New South Wales highway in February 2012.

To pledge your support visit the Road Safety Week website.

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