Road Safety Commission congratulates award winners
24 Mar 2017
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has congratulated three West Australian road safety initiatives on being recognised at the Australian Road Safety Awards in Melbourne this week.
The Shire of Cranbrook was a finalist in the Local Government category and won a Road Safety Encouragement Award for a local project that has reduced the number of heavy vehicles passing through the townsite.
“The Cranbrook Shire has used an innovative solution to improve road safety for its residents,” said Mr Papalia.
By changing local roads, the Speed Reduction and Community Safety Project has seen a reduction in residents interacting with heavy vehicles in built up areas, improving road safety for all those living in Cranbrook.
The Road Safety Commission and the Shire of Cranbrook will now work towards the next road safety initiative in the town, the planning of a new roadside rest area for heavy vehicles.
Road safety champions
GK Creative’s ‘Please Slow Down Consider Our Kids’ bin stickers initiative was a finalist in the Local Government, Community and Innovation categories and winner of a Road Safety Encouragement Award.
The ‘Please Slow Down Consider Our Kids’ program was conceived in 2001 by Garth Kearvell and implemented with support of the WA Local Government Association’s RoadWise Program, and endorsement from the Road Safety Commission and Main Roads WA.
School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) took home one of Australian road safety’s most prestigious awards.
SDERA’s Keys for Life program was awarded the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, as well as best community program.
Mr Papalia said the SDERA program deserved the accolades it has received on the national road safety stage this week.
“The Keys for Life program has been in WA schools since 2004 providing a vital and comprehensive pre-driver program for Year 10 to 12 students,” said Mr Papalia.
The Road Safety Commission is proud to support the Keys for Life program, to ensure young drivers, who are over-represented in WA road crash statistics, are given the tools needed to become safe drivers.