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April 15, 2021

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National Road Safety Week pledge.

It’s National Road Safety Week and Ballina Shire Council is appealing to drivers to take the road safety pledge, so that others can survive.

‘It is important that everyone remains safe on our roads and there are practices we can all change to help,’ said Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer for Ballina Council and Transport for NSW.

‘Speeding is the major factor in crashes in Ballina Shire and the majority of people involved are locals.

‘Drivers need to remove distractions and not put people at risk by speeding,’ she said.

Drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead

With 1,200 people losing their lives each year on Australian roads, and 44,000 being injured, Ms Carpenter said we can reduce these statistics by being aware and changing our habits.

‘It is vital to remain focused and present whenever you are behind the wheel.

‘A simple strategy is to drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead,’ said Ms Carpenter.

For Road Safety Week, you can take the pledge online to Drive So Others Survive, at roadsafetyweek.com.au.

You can also show your support by:

  • wearing a yellow ribbon, or tying one to your vehicle
  • refreshing your knowledge on roundabout rules
  • slowing down, and keeping to the speed limit
  • not using a mobile phone while driving

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partners in road safety and the Australian Government.


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