Road Safety Week

This year’s Road Safety Week competition winner is 19-year-old Launceston man, Callum Watson. Road Safety Advisory Council Chair Garry Bailey said Callum’s video had a mix of humour, compelling graphics and a strong message.

Runner-up was Hamish Powell, from Calvin Christian School and third was Ebony ten Broeke from Guilford Young College. Nineteen-year-old Callum wins $5000; Hamish, 18, $3000; and Brooke, 17, won five RACT driving lesson’s and a year’s Roadside membership.

Mr Bailey said the entrants, who had to be between 16 and 19, were asked to make a 30-second anti-speeding video. He said the standard of all entrants was high,  professional and many were of broadcast quality.  Speeding, or going too fast for the conditions, is a contributing factor in about 40 percent of serious casualty (death or serious injury) crashes.

National Road Safety Week highlights the need for everyone to drive so others survive. It is the initiative of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), a not-for-profit organisation founded by Peter Frazer after the death of his 22-year-old Sarah Frazer, on the Hume Highway on 15 February 2012. The annual Tasmanian road toll is an average of 36. About 300 people are seriously injured. That number of deaths and injuries in the same place at the same time, would cause a public outcry. But we accept the toll of road crash casualties. We shouldn’t, because crashes are preventable.
Road Safety Week is held nationally from 6 May to 12 May. In Tasmania, the Road Safety Advisory Council is partnering with the RACT and Tasmania Police to provide a range of activities to encourage people to drive so others survive. The week’s symbol is a yellow ribbon which will be displayed on emergency services vehicles. Landmarks throughout Tasmania will be lit in yellow.
Screen commercials were run throughout the week.