Kids’ Christmas road safety calendar art helps drive home message
Road safety is a big talking point at this time of year, one that the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West pushed at its Christmas Road Safety Launch at the Harvey Visitors Centre.
The Alliance also unveiled the winners of the 2019 calendar competition with 13 artworks designed by students from across the South West featured in the Buckle Up Your Loved Ones calendar.
Alliance project manager Sarah Stanley said the group operated on the four corners of road safety, which are safe roads, safe road users, safe speeds and safe vehicles.
“Wearing your seatbelt, making sure you’ve got enough rest, you haven’t had too much to drink, driving to the conditions and speed and all those sorts of things,” Ms Stanley said.
“Broader than that, the Alliance also looks at what we can have influence over in those other areas.
“So we advocate for things like improvements to roads that need it, Bussell Highway’s one that we’ve been advocating strongly for the duplication to occur, particularly around the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.”
Ms Stanley said other roads in need of upgrades included CollieWilliams Road, Pinjarra-Williams Road and South Western Highway.
“Things like the audible edge, a little bit of extra width on the road, a little bit of extra width on the middle makes a huge difference to whether people die in a crash,” she said.
Ms Stanley said the South West Alliance covered the four shires of Collie, Boddington, Dardanup and Harvey and rotated the venue each year.
She said the two fatal crashes on South Western Highway were another reminder for people to take care and drive responsibly.