The Bunbury Region RoadWise Committee is part of the WA Local Government Association’s (WALGA) RoadWise Program. The aim of WALGA’s road safety programs is, on a state-wide basis, to facilitate the active engagement and involvement of Local Governments and the community (through the community road safety network) in effectively contributing to the adoption and application of the Safe System Approach and the implementation of specific initiatives of the Towards Zero Western Australian Road Safety Strategy 2008-2020.
Local Government controls over 80% of roads within the state and as such has a responsibility for the associated safety aspects involved with those roads. The RoadWise Committee have developed best practice road safety strategies aligning with Safe Systems for the City of Bunbury to work towards achieving zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
M8 the call can W8
RoadWise Committees across the South West and Peel Regions have banded together to drive home the message that distracted drivers, in particular those who use mobile phones while behind the wheel, need to change their behavior.
Committees from the Shires of Dardanup, Collie and Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Cities of Bunbury and Mandurah have joined with police to crack down on drivers who text or talk on the phone while driving.
Statistics show that almost one-third of all crash fatalities and serious injuries in WA involved driver distraction.
Using the slogan “M8 the call can W8”, the campaign has expanded from just two Local Governments in 2014 (including the Shire of Dardanup) with last year’s campaign resulting in a positive response from motorists.
The message of the campaign, which began on October 10 and continues until November 27, is for drivers to turn off their mobile phones when driving.
Bumpers stickers with the “M8 the call can W8” slogan will be available across the regions to help drive home the message.
RoadWise Action Plan
To view the 2017 Action plan, please click here.
For more information about the Committee or if you would like to become a member please contact:
- (08) 9792 7093 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Nicola (Nicky) Smith, Road Safety Officer (South West): (08) 9792 7078; 0438 982 563; email@example.com.
Nicky joined the WALGA RoadWise program in March 2017. Nicky has a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector in community development and management. Nicky’s career has been based in Bunbury and the South West region. She was instrumental in establishing Headspace Bunbury and previously worked with the Greater Bunbury Division of General Practice.