Every year about 1200 people are killed and another 44,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads.
Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24.
These numbers are growing every year but are preventable if we choose to Drive So Others Survive.
National Road Safety Week 2020 runs from November 15 to 22 and puts a spotlight on the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.
It is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government.
SARAH was started by Peter Fraser, whose daughter Sarah, 23, was on her way to university in Wagga in 2012, when her car overheated on the Hume Highway.
Sarah's car had broken down and she had pulled into the emergency breakdown lane while waiting for assistance.
While the tow-truck driver was hooking up her car, a passing truck side-swiped the broken-down car killing both Sarah and the tow-truck driver instantly.
Peter is hosting a webinar, Paving the way for zero fatality, on Friday, November 20 at 2.30pm which will delve into the perception that building safety into infrastructure is a cost and not an investment.
To find out more about how you can drive so others survive visit roadsafetyweek.com.au.
National Road Safety Week events
- Wagga: Baylis Street and the welcome to Wagga signs will be coloured yellow
- Holbrook: The famous submarine will become the Yellow Submarine
- Sunday, November 15: Remember the 1200 - pause at 12pm (noon) to remember the 1200 people who died on our roads last year
- Monday, November 16: Take the pledge, lead the way - take the online pledge to drive so that you and others survive
- Tuesday, November 17: Safe driving to work - support employees to drive so others survive
- Wednesday, November 18: Move over/slow down - slow down for emergency vehicles with flashing lights
- Thursday, November 19: Protecting every life - it's not just people in cars who are victims to road trauma, it's every life, including pedestrians
- Friday, November 20: Shine a light - turn your headlights on
- Saturday, November 21: Cyclists and motorcyclists - share the road
- Sunday, November 22: Arrive home safe for your loved ones - it's the greatest gift
Visit roadsafetyweek.com.au for more information and to make the pledge.