National Road Safety Week in Goulburn Mulwaree

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This year during National Road Safety Week, from 15 to 22 May, the Goulburn Mulwaree community is being asked to ‘Take the Pledge’ – Drive So Others Survive.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said National Road Safety Week highlights the impact of road trauma, honours those we have lost to road crashes, and asks people to take responsibility on the road.

“Goulburn Mulwaree Local Government Area has had a higher than average road fatality rate for regional NSW in recent years. Between 2016 and 2020 there were 540 crashes recorded within the Goulburn Mulwaree LGA, which resulted in 17 people being killed and 556 people being injured, including 90 seriously injured,” Mrs Tuckerman said. 

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said country people make up about a third of NSW’s population but over the past five years, deaths on country roads made up 67 per cent of our road toll.

“Road safety is a shared responsibility and this year during National Road Safety Week everyone is encouraged to take the pledge to drive so others survive and be involved, spread the word and make a commitment to take responsibility on the road.”

Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Peter Walker said Goulburn Mulwaree Council will be lighting up the Big Merino, the RSL club, and the Visitors Information Centre and decorating the rotunda in Belmore Park in yellow from 15 to 22 May.

“The community held an event at Belmore Park on Tuesday 17 May to talk to the local police, find out more about taking the pledge and collect a free ice scraper before we head into the colder months,” Mayor Walker said.

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The overarching key message for National Road Safety Week 2022 is - It’s everyone’s right to get home safe. 

More information can be found at roadsafetyweek.com.au.