Easter Road Safety Plea
With so many families travelling over the Easter weekend, the need to be more vigilant on the road is paramount. The City’s annual Blessing of the Roads last week was a poignant reminder of the devastating impact that road crashes have on our community. This important event was held at the Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive intersection, and featured Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia and WA Motorcycle Riders Association President Dave Wright as guest speakers. It also brought together members of the WA Police and Fire and Emergency Services crews in addition to local school children, who placed crosses in the ground as a mark of respect for victims of road crashes. The reflective occasion was balanced with an awards ceremony recognising a commitment to road safety. It was my pleasure to present Human Spirit Awards to the Wanneroo Roadwise Working Group and Merriwa Primary School traffic wardens Dave Vance and Jacky Fisher. In WA last year, 195 people lost their lives in road crashes, which is a heartbreaking statistic and so I urge everyone to stick to the speed limit, take regular breaks, wear a seatbelt and don’t drink and drive. Please also be alert for motorcyclists and cyclists.
Lachlan Chilton (Clarkson Community High School) and Emma O’Leary (St John Paul Banksia Grove) with Mayor Tracey Roberts at the Blessing of the Roads ceremony. II Catholic Primary School,