Focus on fatal five

Circular Head Community Road Safety Partnership member Yvonne Stone and Smithton Police Sergeant Lee-Anne Walters draw attention to the major causes of accidents on our roads in the lead up to National Road Safety Week. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Care. Next week Smithton Police will home in on driving behaviour as part of a nationwide initiative calling on drivers to be mindful on the roads.

National Road Safety Week (Sunday May 3 to Sunday May 10) will focus on the ‘fatal five’, the five major causes of road accidents: not wearing a seatbelt or child restraint, inattention, driving while tired, speeding and drink or drug driving.

Founded by the SARAH Group (Safer Australian Roads and Highways), the aim of the week is to increase awareness about the need for all road users to be safe and courteous on the roads to reduce the chances of crashes.

It is also about commemorating those who have been killed or injured on our roads. Last year, 35 people died in accidents in Tasmania and 260 were injured.

Smithton Police Sergeant Lee-Anne Walters said she hoped the community would heed the warning signs, particularly in the lead up to winter.

“We’re really doing it to try to educate the public of the risks, and also to prevent any serious and fatal accidents,” Sgt Walters said.

“We’ll obviously focus on everything every day, but each day there’ll be a specific message.”

The week coincides with the Agfest weekend, with Sgt Walters encouraging all road users to respect one another and be mindful of the conditions.

Community Road Safety Partnership member Deb Mainwaring said the week reinforces the ‘Look Out For Your Mates’ campaign messages.

“Drink or drug driving, speeding, inattention, seatbelts and child restraints, and taking breaks on long trips area all part of the CRSP objectives,” Ms Mainwaring said.

“It’s a timely reminder that we need to remain vigilant on the roads, especially in the lead up to winter.”

The electronic signage trailer will be reinforcing road safety, displaying daily messages throughout the week.

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