A staggering amount of accidents happen on Aussie roads, resulting in serious injury and even death. Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15. It is also completely avoidable.
The National Road Safety Week aims to address this issue across all states and territories of Australia, and is something that everyone who uses the roads can get behind. Launched by the family of a 23 year old woman killed on the Hume Highway, the National Road Safety Week lets you show your dedication to keeping the road safe for your family and others.
We've listed a few ways to get involved and acknowledge the high cost of road accidents.
Light it in Yellow
Landmarks all over Australia will be illuminated in yellow throughout the week. Keep your eyes peeled for any of the iconic structures in your city lit up in commemoration of those who have been killed or injured on Australian roads.
Dress up your cars, bikes and scooters
Join a legion of emergency vehicles, fleets trucks and other road users; tie a yellow ribbon on any vehicle you use on the roads. It'll be a great way of showing your commitment to road safety, and a reminder to others of the great toll that carelessness can have on the roads.
Regional Communities Count
Did you know that two thirds of all fatalities occur on country roads in NSW? Of these fatal crashes, more than 70% involved country residents. Spread the message to take extra care driving in the country.
Keep it local
There are plenty of community events that may be held in your state. Check online or with your local council about more ways you can get involved.
Coffs Harbour is doing something unique this year. The local Council, Men's Shed and Botanic Gardens are collaborating to create a yellow flowering garden space in which people can reflect on lives changed or lost on the roads.
The garden will be open from 16-23 May, during which time the community is invited to write the name of a loved ones on a ribbon or sunflower and plant it among the yellow flowers. Free yellow lapel ribbons are available to all.
Make a pledge
Feel like you don't always drive with safety in mind? Join the over 36, 000 people who have Pledged to Drive So Others Survive. Just follow this link and make the roads safer for everyone.