Thursday, 22 March 2018
Easter is a time for coming together and this year Bunbury RoadWise is asking the community “what is an acceptable level of road trauma?” By asking this, members of Bunbury RoadWise want to challenge the belief that road trauma is inevitable and in turn, generate support and involvement in local road safety initiatives.
The Choose Your Ride – Arrive Alive Easter road safety campaign is focused on the key areas involved in fatal and serious crashes in the South West for the five-year period from 2012-2016 which includes seat belt use, speed, drink/drug driving and fatigue. One-hundred and sixty-one people died on West Australian roads in 2017 and 91 of those deaths occurred on regional roads.
Sergeant Craig Clarke, Officer in Charge South West Traffic, said the message was simple, if you are going to drink, plan not to drive. Choose Your Ride, arrange a designated driver, ask someone to collect you, call a taxi, or stay overnight.
“It’s incredibly important that motorists are aware of the amount of alcohol they have consumed, and the effect alcohol has on their reaction times and decision making abilities,” he said.
Councillor Karen Steele, Chair of Bunbury RoadWise, is reminding motorists that double demerits will be in force over the Easter long weekend. Double demerit points apply from midnight on Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April inclusive.
“To avoid double demerit points, remember don’t drink or drug drive, stay within the posted speed limit and make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt.” Councillor Steele said.
This Easter weekend Bunbury RoadWise are asking everyone to think about the number of deaths and serious injuries they are willing to accept and that we can achieve zero. Remember to:
• plan ahead if drinking - arrange a designated driver or call a taxi
• travel at a safe speed by driving to the conditions of the road and obeying the speed limit
• buckle up when travelling in a vehicle
• take a break or swap drivers to prevent fatigue
• turn off your mobile phone before driving
“We all need to share the responsibility for road safety and work together towards zero deaths and serious injuries.” Councillor Steele said.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by road trauma contact Road Trauma Support WA for free counselling and information services on 1300 004 814 or here