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National Road Safety Week: Western Australia

National Road Safety Week is an initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways Group, partnering with road safety organisations and the government to highlight the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. Every year, more than 1200 people are killed and 44,000 seriously injured on Australian roads.

In 2021, WA recorded its highest road deaths in five years. 166 people lost their life on WA roads in 2021. Unfortunately, this year already, 51 people have lost their lives on WA roads. WA has the worst road fatality rate of any State. On average, one person is killed on our roads every two days.

Kerrie Pringle of Accident Claims Lawyers commented that “National Road Safety Week is a time for us to remember those people who have experienced trauma on our roads. However, it is also a time to protect those that protect us, make sure the vehicles we are driving are safe and looking out for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users such as cyclists”.

Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when interacting with vehicles and have no real protection in a crash. Whether you’re a driver, pedestrian or cyclist, we all have a responsibility to pay attention to our surroundings and use roads safely. In 2020, 9 pedestrians lost their lives by being hit by a moving vehicle and in 2021, this number raised substantially to 21.

According to Main Roads WA, on average 520 pedestrians were involved in police-reported traffic crashes every year between 2014 and 2018. Of those, more than 60% occurred on roads with speed limits of between 50 and 60km/hr. Research also shows pedestrians are twice as likely to be killed when hit by a car travelling at 50km/hr, compared to 40km/hr.

In Australia, in the year ending April 30 2021, there were a total of 35 road deaths involving cyclists. RAC report that cyclists involved in crashes on main roads and highways with higher speed limits are more likely to be seriously or fatally injured. They suggest that motorists must ensure that there is a minimum distance of 1m between their vehicle and a cyclist on roads with speed limits up to 60 km/h, and 1.5m on roads with speed limits greater than 60km/h .

The 2022 daily themes for National Safety Week

Sunday, 15 May: Remember the 1200. Today we remember the lives lost on our road.

 

Monday, 16 May: The Road to Zero.  Take the pledge and drive safe so others survive.

Tuesday, 17 May: Road Trauma, the True Impact.  Travel safe so we can all live without injury and trauma.

Wednesday, 18 May: Protect our Protectors. Slow down to protect those who protect and assist us.

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Thursday, 19 May: How safe is my car? Think about safety when choosing a car, check how safe your car is.

How safe is your car

Friday, 20 May: Let’s all  get home safe. When driving, slow down and look out for pedestrians.

Saturday, 21 May: Share the Road. Give each other the space needed to be safe

Sunday, 22 May: Take care on Country Roads

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Take the pledge  to shape the future of our roads:

  • I pledge to drive as if my loved ones are on the road ahead.
  • I will remove all distractions and never use my mobile phone while driving.
  • I will not put other people at risk by speeding, driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • I will protect all vulnerable road users, especially those whose job places them in harm’s way, by slowing down and giving them the space they need to be safe

Have you been in a motor vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault? Get the compensation that you deserve: https://www.accidentclaimslawyers.com.au/services/motor-vehicle-accidents/

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