Take the Pledge: Drive So Others Survive

Photo of Cr Westwood and son Cooper crossing the road after school

Drive So Others Survive was the theme for National Road Safety Week 2020, which ran from 15 to 22 November.

The annual awareness week aims to promote safer driving and raise awareness of the impact of road trauma.

“Improving road safety is one of the Kingborough Community Safety Committee’s priorities,” said Chair, Deputy Mayor Jo Westwood.

“Every year too many people are killed and seriously injured on our roads in preventable accidents. Over 30 lives are lost on Tasmania’s roads each year and up to 270 people suffer serious injuries.

“Traffic injury is the biggest killer of young people and this number is growing.

Cr Westwood said the Committee is currently focusing on improving safety around schools.

“We will soon be launching a Safe Speeds for Schools project, aimed at increasing the safety of children and other road users in school zones,” she said.

“The Road Safety Advisory Council has awarded us a grant to buy four digital display boards, which will be rotated around Kingborough’s 16 schools.

“The aim of these is to alert motorists to slow down when travelling through school zones.

“I hope this will help school communities, particularly at busy drop off and pick up times.

“We can all do our bit to Drive So Other Survive. I encourage everyone to take the pledge and talk to your friends and families about how we can all make sure we get home safely each week.”

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Kingston’s Civic Centre and the Kingborough Community Hub were lit up in yellow last week, to mark Road Safety Week 2020.