Time to make your road safety resolutions for 2017

30 Dec 2016

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said while 2016 proved to be a tragic year on WA roads, everyone can work together to save lives in 2017.

“As we get ready to ring in the new year, the 187* victims of road fatalities will miss out on celebrations with friends, family and their communities,” said Mr Papalia.

Mr Papalia urged all West Australians making new year’s resolutions, to make a pledge to change their behaviour on the road in 2017.

“The majority of road fatalities this year occurred because of a decision to speed, a decision to drink and drive, a decision to not put on a seat belt or a decision to drive tired,” said Mr Papalia.

“It’s simple, if each of us changes our bad behaviours behind the wheel, we will save lives next year.”

In 2017, the Road Safety Commission will continue to forge road safety relationships across the state, in particular, in regional WA where more than 60%* of road deaths occurred in 2016.

“We will engage with local sporting groups, community groups, industry alliances and individuals,” said Mr Papalia.

“We will also continue to work with local government and RoadWise, to spread the road safety message far and wide across the state in 2017.”

Funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account has also been allocated to continue improvements to ensure roads and roadsides are safer for drivers in Western Australia.

*Figures subject to change

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855