Easter tradition a reminder to drive safely
Road Safety Commission Chairman Iain Cameron, City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, representatives from WA Police Force, DFES and St John Ambulance, Driver Reviver volunteers and local school students watched on as WA Police Force Chaplain Joe Newbold carried out his annual task of blessing the City’s roads ahead of the Easter long weekend.
“Today’s Blessing of the Roads is a reminder that while holidays are for celebration and enjoyment with our family and friends, it can easily turn to tragedy if care is not taken on our roads,” said Mayor Roberts.
“We are all road users, whether we are drivers, whether we are cyclists, whether we are pedestrians or whether we are passengers, and we all have a right to arrive at our destination safely.”
“The City of Wanneroo has 1700 kilometres of roadway and 212,000 residents and we ensure that road safety remains a key priority for this city.”
Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron said while WA’s roads are safer than they have ever been before, they are not safe.
“Twenty years ago, there were about 220 people a year being killed, today that’s been consistently hovering around 160, but that is still 160 too many,” said Mr Cameron.
“We’re not done with warnings about drink driving, seatbelts and speeding, but we all make mistakes and good people are involved in crashes too.”
“It’s up to all of us to think about how much sleep have I had before getting behind the wheel, it’s not how long you drive, it’s how long you’ve been awake. Don’t drive tired.” Double demerit
points will apply over the Easter long weekend from Thursday 18 April to the Monday 22 April inclusive.