Road Safety Week

National Road Safety Week is in May each year. It 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 34. About 280 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.
In Tasmania, the Road Safety Advisory Council partners 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 is displayed on emergency services’ vehicles. Landmarks throughout the state are lit in yellow and screen commercials are run throughout the week.
A highlight of the week is the video competition, open to Tasmanians aged between 16 and 19. This year’s 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, 18, from Calvin Christian School and third was Ebony ten Broeke, 17,  from Guilford Young College. Callum won $5000; Hamish, $3000; and Brooke won five RACT driving lesson’s and a year’s Roadside membership.