Road Trauma Support WA Manager, Ryan Fernie, joined Western Australian Road Safety Minister, Michelle Roberts, and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray in Collie last week to help launch the South West Industry Road Safety Alliance’s Ribbons for Road Safety campaign.
The WALGA Roadwise campaign is a community led initiative that invites everyone at a grass roots level to promote safety on our roads.
The Minister joined other industry figures to urge South West drivers to show care and consideration for one another on the roads over the festive season – traditionally one of the busiest and most deadly times on our roads.
Minister Roberts also took the opportunity to unveil the 2018 Road Safety Calendar which is a local initiative developed with funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account.
The calendar showcases the artistic and photographic skills of residents from across the region – many school children – and is intended to ensure road safety is kept front of mind throughout the year, not just over the festive season and will be free to all residents throughout the South West region.
The Collie, Harvey and Greater Bunbury regions have been over represented in the road crash data with many losing their lives due to “unavoidable accidents in recent years’, the Minister said.
The occasion also provided an opportunity for RTSWA to remind all those in the South West region and other regional areas of WA that free counselling, support and information was available to them by phone and the web for those unable to access face-to-face counselling in our West Perth offices.