Since 2008, there has been a 27% decrease in road fatalities and seriously injured on Western Australian roads.
As Easter Long weekend approaches and the level of traffic increases on our roads, communities across Western Australia band together for Blessing of the Roads 2019.
What is Blessing of the Roads?
The ceremony is a symbolic gesture for motorists, passengers, and everyone on the roads over the Easter long weekend, to have a shared responsibility to drive safe.
The campaign focuses on raising awareness for all road users about the need to exercise care, courtesy and common sense when travelling on the road over Easter.
It provides an opportunity to remember those who have passed or have been seriously injured in a road crash, and to drive actions which change results in the future.
It gives the community a chance to support actions and steps that local governments are taking to prioritise safety outcomes of our roads, such as implement road and safety policies.
Take a moment to recognise the dedication and effort of those, both full-time, volunteers and emergency workers, who strive towards reducing and treating road trauma in WA.
Blessings of the road campaign is aligned with a state government strategy which started in 2008 and will go until 2020, Towards Zero, which aims to make our roads safer based on four cornerstones.
Safe Road Use
Through education, enforcement and promoting a safe system, Towards Zero focuses on influencing and improving road use behaviour.
Safe Roads and Roadsides
Towards Zero will focus on: Improving safety at intersections, reduce the risk of run-off crashes through sealing shoulders, installing audible edge lines, removing roadside hazards, and installing safety barriers.
With clear evidence that lower speeds would mean fewer crashes, fewer deaths and fewer serious injuries in WA, speed reduction would be the most successful initiative in preventing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Australian research indicates that if each motorist upgraded their vehicle to the safest in its class, road trauma would immediately drop by 26 and 40 per cent.
The target by 2020 is to have 11,000 fewer fatalities or seriously injured on our roads.
We all have a duty to drive safely and ensure that our vehicles are up to standard. Check your car fluids and tyres regularly. If your windscreen has a large crack or chip and you’re unsure if it needs immediate replacing or repair, contact Deans Auto Glass for a free quote and find out if your vehicle is road worthy.
Remember to wear a seatbelt, slow down, don’t drink and drive, don’t drive tired, and keep your eyes on the road this long weekend. Drive safely and be even more careful while driving on these WA roads which are considered more dangerous.
From the team at Dean’s Auto Glass, Happy Easter and stay safe!