Kids’ Christ­mas road safety cal­en­dar art helps drive home mes­sage

South Western Times - - Christmas Traffic Campaign - Sam Gibbs

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.

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