Shining a light on safety during National Road Safety Week

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

A senior personal injuries lawyer is urging Victorian motorists to slow down, obey the road rules and avoid taking risks so more lives are not senselessly lost or destroyed by road trauma.

As we enter National Road Safety Weekthis week (May 16 – 23), Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Principal Sarah Kofoed said too many lives were still being lost on the state’s roads in crashes that could have been avoided.

“Already this year we’ve lost almost 90 people in Victoria to road trauma, many of whom died in completely avoidable circumstances,” Ms Kofoed said.

“For every person killed on our roads, another 30 people are injured, some who will never fully recover, so National Road Safety Week is a good reminder for us all to think about what’s at stake every time we get behind the wheel.”

Road Safety Week is an annual initiative created from a partnership of road safety organisations and governments to highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.

It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the important work of organisations such as the Road Trauma Support Service Victoria(RTSSV), which offers free counselling services to people who have either been injured on our roads, lost a loved one or been impacted by road trauma in other ways.

Victorian motorists are being urged to turn on their headlights while driving on Friday, May 21, to show their commitment to practising good road safety habits.

Multiple Victorian landmarks will also be illuminated in yellow every night this week to Shine a Light on Road Safety.

NOTE: Please let us know if you’d like us to find a local person willing to discuss their experience of road trauma in the media.

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