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Road safety in spotlight this week

Not-for-profit organisation, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV), is raising awareness for the need for safer speeds on Victorian roads as part of its ‘Shine a light on road safety’ campaign.

Hundreds of people converged on Albert Park Lake yesterday for an annual walk, according to the Victorian Government. Iconic Victorian landmarks are also expected to glow yellow this week in memory and support of people impacted by road trauma.

Minister for Roads and Minister for Road Safety and TAC, Jaala Pulford, joined the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Victoria Police, RTSSV and VicRoads on 5 May to launch the sixth annual Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign.

The campaign, which coincides with National Road Safety Week and UN Global Road Safety Week, comes off the back of a tragic start to 2019 on Victoria’s roads.

Already this year, 111 people have died on Victorian roads, compared with 74 at the same time last year – with crashes in regional areas accounting for almost two thirds of fatalities.

Shine a Light on Road Safety will see some of the state’s most recognisable landmarks light up yellow this week.

The illuminations will include the Bolte Bridge, Melbourne Star, Melbourne Town Hall, Royal Exhibition Building, Box Hill Town Hall, Frankston Arts Centre, Malvern Town Hall, the M80 Ring Road and M2 Tullamarine interchange wall, and the intersection of Moorabool and Ryrie streets in Geelong.

Victorian drivers and riders are being urged to show their support for anyone affected by road trauma by turning on their headlights this coming Friday.

Road safety affects everyone, and truck drivers are often first responders to road trauma accidents, according to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

“The Australian Trucking Association is committed to recognising the heroic and selfless acts carried out by truck drivers performing their normal role, with the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award,” the ATA said via social media. “This National Road Safety Week, we celebrate the contribution of our highway guardians and all #truck drivers who contribute to #roadsafety.”

Last month, Lindsay Transport driver, Darren Cooke, received recognition for his heroics on the Hume Highway.

In related news, companies across New Zealand will be calling for safe roads, vehicles and drivers as part of Road Safety Week (6-12 May), according to road safety charity, Brake.

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