We all hold the key to road safety - Fatality Free Friday

Western Plains Regional Council with the help of the Dubbo Rescue Squad (Volunteer Rescue Association) is urging locals to get behind this year’s Fatality Free Friday and understand the important role everyone plays in road safety.

Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore said this year’s Fatality Free Friday falls on 27 May 2016 and she invites people to come to the Church Street Rotunda in Dubbo’s CBD between 12 noon and 2pm to sign a Fatality Free Friday pledge. 

“We all hold the key to road safety. Come and talk to us and sign the pledge for zero road deaths on Friday 27 May, and longer if possible, or go online and sign the pledge there,”  Ms Bleechmore said.

According to the Fatality Free Friday website 133,369 people have already taken the pledge.

“There were 326 fatal crashes in NSW in 2015. These crashes resulted in 350 fatalities and 226 injured, which is a substantial increase on the past five years, this is far too many families and friends grieving at the loss of a loved one,” she said. 

“We can all take action to prevent road trauma by sticking to the speed limit, driving to the conditions, keeping our hands off our phones, not driving tired and not driving after drinking."

Dubbo Rescue Squad spokesperson David Chenhall said rescue squad members were glad to be a part of Fatality Free Friday.

“If we all work together and achieve one less fatality then we have saved one family from all that associated grief” he said. 

Fatality Free Friday is an initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established to reduce road trauma across Australia.

Last Edited: 18 Feb 2021

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