National Road Safety Week

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative that highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.

Every year, more than 1200 people are killed and another 35,000 seriously injured on Australian roads. Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24. These numbers are growing every year but are fully preventable.

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.

Over the week, national and state icons will turn yellow. Emergency vehicles, fleet trucks, cars, motorbikes and bicycles will display yellow ribbons. These activities honouring both those we have lost and demonstrate our pledge to drive safely. 

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Monday 6 May: Remember the 1200

Today we pause at 12pm to remember the 1200 people who died on our roads last year. May they rest in peace.

Tuesday 7 May: Take the Pledge, Lead the Way

Take the Pledge and lead the way by promising to drive so that you and others survive.

Wednesday 8 May: Move Over, Slow Down

Emergency services, roadside assist and roadside workers risk their lives every day to help us. When you see the flashing lights move over and slow down to keep them safe.

Thursday 9 May: Protecting every life

It’s not just people in cars who are victims of traffic trauma. Drive safely to protect every life along the road including pedestrians (especially children, seniors and people with disabilities).

Friday 10 May: Shine the light on regional and remote road users

Turn your headlights on for road safety and protect your mates so everyone gets home safe.

Saturday 11 May: Yellow Ride Day– cyclists and motorcyclists

Our cyclists and motorcyclists are our most vulnerable road users. Share the roads and give them the space they need.

Sunday 12 May: Mother’s Day

The greatest gift you can give Mum is for everyone to arrive home safe. Drive so you and others survive.