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Road trauma victims remembered

Published on Friday 22 November, 2019

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The importance of road safety and the impact of road trauma on individuals and the wider community were highlighted at a City of Gosnells and Road Wise World Day of Remembrance event.

World Day of Remembrance on Friday 15 November remembers those who have been seriously injured or have lost their lives on our roads.

Students from Thornlie Senior High School and Yule Brook College attended the event, where Mayor David Goode warned them about the dangers driving while distracted.

“Many of us face the temptation to look at or use a mobile phone while driving, but the consequences of doing so can be catastrophic for you or someone else,” he said.    

The danger of driver distraction was also brought home through a powerful speech by guest speaker Mark Daniels, who described how his life changed when a distracted driver collided with his motorbike in 2015.

The 26 year old former Navy marine technician told students how he suffered severe injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and a leg amputation.

“The driver’s 10 seconds of inattention have had a huge impact not only on my life, but all those people close to me,” he said.

Mr Daniels told the audience how he has turned his life around, winning two medals in the Invictus Games and competing in the Australian Ninja Warrior series. He is now training for the 2024 Paralympics.     

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Roger Farley reminded students about the responsibility that comes with gaining a learner’s permit.    

Several interactive displays at the event included an RAC road trauma rescue mission simulator, an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from road trauma victims and a hands-on CPR demonstration.