National Road Safety Week (1 – 8 May 2016), is an initiative founded and supported by the SARAH Group. The Road Safety Advisory Council, Tasmania Police, the RACT and Southern Cross Television worked together on the Week’s activities in Tasmania. The aim of Road Safety Week is to reinforce the message to road users to be safe and courteous on the roads to reduce the chances of crashes that could result in death or serious injury. It is also about commemorating those who have been killed or injured on our roads Last year, 34 people died in road crashes in Tasmania and 298 were seriously injured.
This year, in conjunction with Southern Cross, television commercials were aired with a different road safety theme each day of the week, see them here.
This year, once again, a competiton for the best 30 second road safety video was held and open to ages 16 – 19. The standard of entries was outstanding and highlights the commitment to road safety awareness in this age group.
Rosny College student Haiden Nettle of Sorell, 19, is the winner of the $5000 first prize in the National Road Safety Week video competition.
His video entitled “Value” sends a powerful message about how people’s lives are invaluable and we all need to be safe on our roads.
Jacob Collings, of Trevallyn, 18, won the second prize of $3000. Launceston College student Henry Grove, 16, was third and won an RACT driving lesson and roadside package.