Sunday marked the beginning of National Road Safety Week 2021, an initiative which aims to highlight the effects of road accidents, as well as encourage motorists to stay safe on the nation’s roads.
With over 1,200 lives being lost due to road accidents every year, the week-long program helps to promote the Drive So Others Survive campaign.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the week will help to emphasise the need for increased safety on Australian roads.
“This week brings us together to focus on how we can continue working on ensuring we get everyone home safely to their loved ones, every day, with no exceptions,” McCormack said.
“This week brings us together to focus on how we can continue working on ensuring we get everyone home safely to their loved ones, every day, with no exceptions.”
The federal government is still targeting zero deaths on the nation’s roads, with works on 700 road safety upgrades set to be completed by June this year.
The Road Safety Program has now been allocated $3 billion of funding, following an additional $1 billion being allocated in the 2021-22 federal budget.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the funding will assist the completion of safety upgrade projects in all states and territories.
“It is critical that we work together, moving in the same direction to positively impact road safety outcomes,” Buchholz said.
Now in its ninth year, National Road Safety Week was founded by Peter Frazer, Safer Australian Roads and Highways Group (SARAH) Group president, after his daughter Sarah was killed in a roadside crash in 2012.
National Road Safety Week is held from 16 to 23 May 2021 and each day will focus on a different theme. This year’s event also coincides with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week from 17 to 23 May.