Po­lice urge cau­tion on roads dur­ing 2017

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

UN­DOUBT­EDLY 2016 will go down as one of the worst years in re­cent his­tory for road crash fatal­i­ties in Aus­tralia.

Victoria has recorded its high­est road death toll for the past five years - reach­ing 292, up 15.3 per cent from 2015.

The high­est per­cent­age of deaths have oc­curred with mo­tor­cy­clists in the past 12 months with an 80 per cent rise - some 56 fatal­i­ties (all males).

“It’s not about the num­bers, it’s about in­di­vid­ual peo­ple - moth­ers, fa­thers, sons, daugh­ters, grand­par­ents and friends, who need­lessly lose their lives, cre­at­ing a life­time of sorrow and griev­ing for those left be­hind,” Road Safety Ed­u­ca­tion Lim­ited (RSE) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Terry Birss said.

“We need to work to­gether – the ed­u­ca­tors, gov­ern­ment, the com­mu­nity, po­lice and busi­nesses and im­por­tantly ev­ery road user to re­duce the num­ber of deaths on our roads. “Even one death is one too many.” RSE is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing trauma on our roads by ed­u­cat­ing year 11 stu­dents through its flag­ship RYDA pro­gram.

It pro­vides pow­er­ful workshops to change the way young peo­ple think about road safety.

RSE has strong sup­port from cor­po­rate part­ners BOC, Toy­ota Aus­tralia, Bosch and Bridge­stone, along with Ro­tary clubs, whose vol­un­teers co-or­di­nate the pro­gram in their lo­cal area.

“Mean­while we watch heart­break­ing sto­ries of young peo­ple los­ing their pre­cious lives, hop­ing it never in­volves our own fam­i­lies,” Mr Birss said.

“It’s time to take the pledge, make that New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, to im­prove our driv­ing, stick to the rules, turn that mo­bile phone off and leave it in the glove box when we’re driv­ing,” he added.

Par­ents teach­ing their chil­dren to drive have a very sig­nif­i­cant role to play in help­ing their young driver to stay safe on the road.

“The best pos­si­ble ad­vice for any par­ent is to be a good role model for your learner driver,” Mr Birss said.

“Don’t be the par­ent to take that quick phone call when driv­ing or to have a cou­ple of drinks be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

“How you drive as a par­ent will set the stan­dard for the novice driver.

“Let’s stop ac­cept­ing death and se­ri­ous in­jury as just part and par­cel of us­ing our roads,” he said.

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