Take the Fatality Free Friday Pledge
The Road Safety Commission is urging all Western Australians to make a pledge to ensure that Friday 31 May is fatality free on our roads.
Fatality Free Friday is a call to action and a global annual event designed to focus public attention on road safety and encourage all road users to use the roads safely.
The first Fatality Free Friday was held in Australia on 27 April 2007, coinciding with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week. The first overseas Fatality Free Friday took place in Las Vegas on 25 May 2007.
The goal of Fatality Free Friday is to ensure that there are no road crash fatalities around Australia during the day and prompt road users to behave more safely everyday.
Currently, around 1.2 million people are killed each year in road crashes around the world.
That equates to more than 3,000 people a week. In Australia the road toll is around 1,600 road fatalities and for every death approximately 10 people are injured.
These figures are shocking and highlight the need for urgent action.
We believe that if drivers consciously think about road safety and safe driving for just one Friday in the year, that day’s toll – statistically about 5.3* deaths – could be reduced to zero.
That’s our aim. Not a single road death in Australia for just one day. Just one Fatality Free Friday.
We believe that if drivers are asked to actively concentrate on road safety and safe driving for just one day in the year, they’ll drive safer for the next few days too and, over time, change their outlook completely, consciously thinking about safety each and every day they get behind the wheel.
Please make your pledge on the Australian Road Safety Foundation website
and encourage others to take part, by organising an event such as a Fatality Free Friday morning tea.
* DataSource: Australian Transport Safety Bureau