Road safety a priority for the holidays

The Industry Road Safety Alliance South West will launch their Christmas Road Safety campaign in Collie next week.
The Industry Road Safety Alliance South West will launch their Christmas Road Safety campaign in Collie next week.

The Industry Road Safety Alliance South West is aiming to reduce road trauma in the South West with its Christmas Road Safety Launch next week.

Minister for Police and Road Safety Michelle Roberts will be in Central Park on Tuesday, December 5 to raise awareness of the importance of road safety over the holiday period.

At the launch, the Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign and the 2018 Road Safety Calendar will also be unveiled.

The Industry Road Safety Alliance unites the major road users and authorities around Collie and Boddington to help improve safety and reduce road trauma for all road users, through raising awareness and advocating for policy changes.

Chairperson Simon Dent said the expansion of the Regional Run-Off-Road Crashes Program to include roads managed by local government was a key area of interest for the Alliance. 

“It’s clear the program is working,” Mr Dent said.

“But the sad reality is it is only available for about 12 per cent of the state’s regional roads, which are the roads managed and maintained by Main Roads WA.

“Extending this program to the other 88 per cent of the state’s regional roads managed and maintained by local government was planned from 2013 but did not eventuate.”

Mr Dent said the Alliance was supporting the WA Local Government Association’s calls for the urgent expansion of the program, both in terms of eligible roads and the funding available.

“We cannot afford to wait any longer,” he said.