Safety mes­sage needs to be heard

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

One fam­ily en­dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod with an empty seat at the table is one too many. Yet, sadly in the past fort­night two South West fam­i­lies have learnt that is ex­actly what they will be do­ing af­ter two young men were killed in hor­rific crashes in the re­gion.

The thoughts of many in the com­mu­nity will be with those fam­i­lies as they try to cel­e­brate what is meant to be one of the hap­pi­est times of the year. It is some­thing no fam­ily should have to en­dure. But trag­i­cally, they are the sto­ries that need to con­tinue to be told in an ef­fort to save just one life.

Those fam­i­lies along with po­lice may never find out what ex­actly hap­pened in the mo­ments lead­ing up to the young men’s tragic fate.

What road users should know, is that one de­ci­sion, one mo­ment, one sec­ond of inat­ten­tion or fa­tigue can change not only the life of the per­son mak­ing that de­ci­sion, but the lives of their loved ones.

A de­ci­sion that could be felt for­ever.

The road safety mes­sage comes around ev­ery Christ­mas and while many might get tired of the same pleas, the State’s road toll is proof enough that the mes­sage is still not get­ting through.

There have been a stag­ger­ing 150 fa­tal­i­ties on the State’s roads with more than two weeks still left in the year.

In­cluded in that is 27 deaths in the South West – the high­est re­gion in the State.

That is 27 fam­i­lies and not to men­tion count­less friends and work col­leagues who will spend their first Christ­mas with­out their mate.

The mes­sage needs to be heard.

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