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May
2019
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Lead the way and drive so others survive: National Road Safety Week 2019

From May 6 to 12 2019, all road users in Wodonga and the North East are being asked to show their road safety leadership as part of National Road Safety Week, an annual event held to remember the lives lost on our roads and explore ways to decrease these traumatic road events.

Each year, about 1200 people are killed and another 35,000 are seriously injured in crashes on Australian roads. This year's theme lead the way: drive so others survive builds recognition that everyone, as individuals and collectively, can be a leader for road safety - through our own behaviour, by serving as role models, by supporting those affected by road trauma, and by sharing the road safety message.

Founder of National Road Safety Week and President of the SARAH Group Peter Frazer said: “Now in its seventh year, National Road Safety Week continues to grow across the country with the amazing support of Government, councils, emergency services, road safety groups, corporate partners and the community.

"As the country turns yellow for the week, we implore all drivers to drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead and make sure everyone gets home safely.

“Too many precious lives have been lost. Too many have been seriously injured, severely injured. We need to actively look after one another by choosing not to drive distracted, not to speed and certainly to never drive under the influence.

"I implore every single driver to take our pledge and drive so that you and others survive."

Wodonga's water tower will be lit yellow to Shine a Light on Road Safety.

You can make your Road Safety Pledge here.

National Road Safety Week 2019 coincides with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2019, which is the final Global Road Safety Week to be held within the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011–2020.

National Road Safety Week is an initiative of Safer Australian Highways and Roads (SARAH) Group, established by President Peter Frazer and partnering with road safety advocates to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by crashes on Australian roads. The SARAH Group was founded following the tragic death of Mr Frazer's daughter Sarah, who was killed in a completely avoidable road crash on the Hume Highway on February 15, 2012. Sarah was 23.