A stark reminder of the human impact of road trauma

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12 Apr 2017

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has urged WA drivers to focus on the human impact of road crashes, rather than statistics, this Easter.

Speaking at the launch of the WA Police Easter road safety campaign, Mr Papalia said the recent deaths of an expectant mother and her baby in a regional crash brought home the true horror of road trauma.

“When we talk about statistics, it’s a sterile environment that we’re talking about,” said Mr Papalia.

The seriousness and the challenge in this environment is really felt in the magnitude of the impact of those types of incidents. This is the harsh reality of crash in regional WA.

With large tracts of WA’s road network damaged by floods earlier this year, Mr Papalia urged extra caution on regional roads this Easter.

“This weekend, we will have an exodus of West Australians from the greater metropolitan area to regional WA, to the north and south of the state,” said Mr Papalia.

“Ultimately, the decisions you make behind the wheel could be the difference between whether you celebrate with family and friends or not.“

Double demerits apply on WA roads from midnight Wednesday April 12 until midnight Monday April 17.

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855

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