Projects for road safety

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

It has been a busy year for the Carnar­von Road­wise Com­mit­tee, with the wheels in mo­tion for sev­eral road safety projects over the fes­tive sea­son.

Formed in 2013, the com­mit­tee strives to re­duce the num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties on coun­try roads by run­ning events and ac­tiv­i­ties about road safety.

Com­mit­tee sec­re­tary and trea­surer An­drea Pitcher said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to be aware of the pos­si­ble con­se­quences while driv­ing in and around Carnar­von.

“We get a lot of vis­i­tors, as well as lo­cals, com­ing in and out of town,” she said.

“Some peo­ple are just not aware, they want to get from point A to point B.

“But you need to plan the jour­ney, check road con­di­tions, take breaks and en­sure they get there.

“Every­one should take care on the roads when driv­ing through the fes­tive sea­son.”

In Oc­to­ber the com­mit­tee re­ceived a grant of $8090 from the Shire of Carnar­von’s Com­mu­nity Growth Fund to go to­wards two main projects, the Rib­bons for Road Safety cam­paign and The Cow Project.

The Rib­bons for Road Safety cam­paign is an an­nual com­mu­nity-based ini­tia­tive, run­ning from Novem­ber 19 to Jan­uary 5.

The Cow Project will see the com­mit­tee team up with Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE in Carnar­von to cre­ate a life­sized cow from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Mrs Pitcher said the cow, named Sec­ond­hand Sally, will be placed around Carnar­von to re­mind driv­ers to be cau­tious of live­stock on and near coun­try roads.

The project will co­in­cide with the com­mit­tee’s Look Ahead Drive Safe — Horns and Hooves on the High­way project, funded by the Road Safety Com­mis­sion, and is ex­pected to be­gin in 2018.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers will par­tic­i­pate in the Shire of Carnar­von’s Christ­mas Main Street Party, held on De­cem­ber 1, where they will dis­cuss the con­se­quences of fac­tors that af­fect driv­ing.

Dur­ing the street party the com­mit­tee will also launch its crash trailer project.

“The idea is to put a crashed ve­hi­cle on trailer and put it around Carnar­von,” Mrs Pitcher said.

“It’s to pro­mote road safety and make peo­ple aware this is the con­se­quence if you’re speed­ing, or if you don’t take a break.

“It’s a vis­ual way to re­mind peo­ple to be mind­ful when they get be­hind the wheel of a car.”

The crash trailer project was funded by Lot­tery­west and the com­mit­tee re­ceived do­na­tions from Rio Tinto, Carnar­von Old Bas­tards and the Neville Helm Es­tate.

The trailer was made for the com­mit­tee by Jar­rod Mor­gan from JKM Fabri­ca­tions in Dal­wallinu.

The Carnar­von Road­wise Com­mit­tee is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ment agen­cies, com­mu­nity busi­nesses, in­ter­est groups, WA Po­lice and other com­mu­nity mem­bers.

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