Wake up call for WA road users
03 Jul 2017
The Road Safety Commission has urged WA road users to stay alert and be extra vigilant in the wake of five road fatalities in WA since Friday.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Chris Adams said the latest spike in fatalities included the death of an elderly man on a mobility scooter - the third such death in 2017.
“Three people, aged 89, 91 and 98, have lost their lives on WA roads in 2017 while riding mobility scooters,” said Mr Adams.
“Under the Road Traffic Code 2000, mobility scooter users are considered pedestrians and as such are among WA’s most vulnerable road users.
Mr Adams said that children are also vulnerable road users – particularly during school holidays.
“The start of the winter school holidays has seen more children in the streets, so please slow down,” he said.
“There’s also an increase in volume of traffic on WA roads, particularly in regional WA, with families taking the opportunity to head away for the winter break.
Every time you get behind the wheel, you have in your hands the lives of your loved ones and others on the roads, so plan your journey to ensure you arrive at your destination safely.
“Compared to the same time last year, we have seen fewer deaths on the road in 2017, but we don’t want to see drivers and other road users become complacent,” said Mr Adams.
Snapshot of WA road deaths, as of 2 July 2017:
- 77 road deaths
- 44 regional and 33 metro deaths
- 16 motorcycle deaths
- Nine pedestrian deaths (including three mobility scooter deaths)
- Three cycling deaths