Drivers, take the Fatality Free Friday pledge

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26 May 2017

The Road Safety Commission has urged West Australian drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads today, as Fatality Free Friday aims for zero deaths on Australian roads for one day.

The Australian Road Safety Foundation has released new data to coincide with Fatality Free Friday that shows 214 people lost their lives on Australian roads on a Friday last year, 16% of all 2016 road deaths.

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said Fatality Free Friday was an important reminder for drivers to do the right thing.

“Fatality Free Friday is an opportunity for all road users to think about road safety and how they can play a part in reducing road trauma on our roads,” said Mr Papalia.

“Research by the Australian Road Safety Foundation also shows that 49% of Australians don’t ask friends or family who speed to slow down.

This is the time to speak up and put an end to bad behaviour behind the wheel, such as speeding or using a mobile phone while driving.

The Minister for Road Safety Michelle Roberts urged all drivers and road users to take the road safety pledge in support of Fatality Free Friday.

“Today is about how you can be a safe driver and reduce the risk for everyone on WA roads,” said Mrs Roberts.

Before you begin your morning commute, ensure you’re fit to drive, stay focused on the road, be aware of your surroundings, keep a safe distance and always drive to conditions.

Encourage your friends and family to take the road safety pledge this Fatality Free Friday.


Claire Thomas

0467 802 855

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