Kate Lundy, NRMA Director representing the Mann Region, will launch a country roads focused safety campaign funded by the NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust.
The launch will be held on Tuesday, 1st March at 10:30 am, on Mulligans Flat Road FORDE ACT.
Superintendent Chad Gillies (NSW Police) and Station Sergeant Susan Ball (ACT Policing) will also attend to pledge their support for the campaign.
“The aim of this campaign is to deliver a message to both NSW and ACT motorists, to work together as a region and reduce crashes on country roads,” says Yass Valley Council’s Road Safety Officer and campaign coordinator, Melissa Weller.
The nine participating local government areas (LGA’s) are: Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Gundagai, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Tumbarumba, Tumut and Yass Valley.
While only one third of the NSW population resides in country areas, two-thirds of all fatalities occur on country roads, the majority of these are ‘run off road’ type crashes. Speeding remains the greatest cause of death and injury on our roads, contributing to about 40 per cent of NSW road fatalities.
Country residents have a fatality rate (per 100,000 population) more than four times that of their metropolitan counterparts. ACT motorists also feature in the participating LGA’s crash data, with 18% of crashes in these LGA’s involving ACT licenced drivers. In Palerang this figure is as high as 33% and in Yass Valley 20%.
“We are aware of the statistics, we have evidence that suggests local and visiting motorists are not slowing down and considering the environment that they are driving in. As a joint force, we can have a real impact by getting a common message out over a large geographical area – a message backed by police enforcement and stakeholder cooperation,” Ms Weller adds.
The campaign combines three road safety elements – education, enforcement and engineering and brings road safety stakeholders together from a variety of sectors including councils, police, NSW and ACT governments, philanthropic and corporate organisations.
The Country Roads Safety campaign is timed to correspond with several NSW & ACT Police operations over Easter and the NSW and ACT April school holidays, a traditionally busy period on local country roads.
Road Safety Officer / Country Roads Safety campaign coordinator
Yass Valley Council
02 6226 9248 / 0458 870 303