Wingecarribee Shire’s motorists are being urged to reflect on their driving habits this Friday 25 May as part of a national road safety campaign entitled, Fatality Free Friday.
Council’s Road Safety Officer, Melanie Lausz explained the concept of the campaign.
“Fridays are statistically the most dangerous day of the week on our nation’s roads,” she said.
“The aim of Fatality Free Friday is to encourage all drivers to think consciously about their actions behind the wheel – every day – to help reduce our country’s road toll.
“Some simple tips include being mindful of safe driving each time you get behind the wheel; be patient with other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians; stay alert; don’t speed and slow down if it’s wet.”
Approximately 1600 people die each year on Australian roads. On average, six road related deaths occur each Friday. The majority of these accidents are preventable.
“Locally, we experienced eight road fatalities in our Shire in 2008,” Ms Lausz said. “Half of these occurred on a Friday.”
As part of Fatality Free Friday, students from Moss Vale TAFE will take the ‘P Plate Pledge’ on Wednesday 23 May at the TAFE. As part of thePledge, students will take part in a car maintenance demonstration and treated to a free barbeque supported by the Roads and Maritime Services, Barnes Driver Training and Wingecarribee Shire Council.
For more information on Fatality Free Friday, including the Pledge, visit www.fatalityfreefriday.com.