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Remembering road traffic victims

Published on Thursday 9 November, 2017

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City of Gosnells Deputy Mayor Terresa Lynes was among the guests at an event to mark the annual World Day of Remembrance today, Thursday 9 November, at Yule Brook College.

Cr Lynes joined Gosnells Police and representatives from the City’s RoadWise Advisory Group to honour those who lost their lives on Western Australian roads this year.

Acting Commissioner of Road Safety Iain Cameron and accident survivor Keith Conder, from the Paraplegic Benefit Fund Australia, were guest speakers.

The speakers raised awareness of road safety issues by talking to students and staff about the personal, financial and social cost of road trauma.

Deputy Mayor Lynes paid tribute to her husband Michael’s parents and brother, Brian, Jeanette and Matthew Lynes, who tragically lost their lives in a triple fatality road trauma.

“Even though this happened quite a few years ago, the emotional scars and devastating impact on the family still remain,” Deputy Mayor Lynes said.

“World Day of Remembrance was first held in the United Kingdom in 1993, with the aim of recognising the victims of road traffic crashes and their loved ones.

“Having conversations with young people about road safety issues is of great importance and can help to reduce the consequences and costs of road trauma.”

This year, the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims coincides with the RoadWise Road Ribbons for Road Safety campaign, which encourages safe driving over the coming holiday period.

The theme this year is ‘From Global Remembrance to Global Action across the Decade’.

Here in WA, the State Government’s Towards Zero 2008-2020 road safety strategy aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in traffic accidents by 40 per cent, over the 12-year period. This represents 11,000 fewer fatalities or serious injuries.

“The Road Safety Commission reports that WA has made encouraging progress, with a 28 per cent reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads since the strategy commenced, but there is still plenty of work to do,” Deputy Mayor Lynes said.

“World Day of Remembrance helps to remind us of our role in making travelling on our roads safer, as individuals and as a community.”

The event is supported by the Western Australian Government’s Road Safety Community Grants Program via the Road Safety Commission.