Make a pledge to drive safely for Fatality Free Friday

Published on 18 May 2017

Melton City Council is urging residents to get behind this year’s Fatality Free Friday and understand the important role everyone plays in safety on our roads.

Fatality Free Friday falls on Friday 26 May this year. It is a national initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation and Australia’s largest community-based road safety campaign, aimed at reducing road fatalities.

The event urges all road users to take the road safety pledge as a commitment to themselves, their family and their friends, particularly on Fatality Free Friday.

In the lead up to the day, Melton City Council will hold a family-friendly event in partnership with Victoria Police Highway Patrol officers on Wednesday 24 May where community members can take the road safety pledge.

The event will be held from 12pm - 2pm at the Courthouse Amphitheatre, behind the Visitor Information Centre at 323 High Street, Melton. Everyone is welcome.

A police vehicle will be on display along with giveaways, information resources and road safety advice on the day. Children’s activities including face painting will be provided, along with musical entertainment by Staughton College secondary students.

City of Melton Mayor, Cr Sophie Ramsey said Council was proud to support this year’s Fatality Free Friday campaign to help raise awareness to improve safety on our roads.

“More than 1300 lives were lost on Australian roads in 2016, which is an absolute tragedy,” Cr Ramsey said.

“Locally, over the past 16 months, 323 road collisions, 418 injuries and six fatalities occurred in the City of Melton.

“As motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, we all need to take more care every day.”

According to Australian Road Safety Research, more than half of Australian drivers (58%) narrowly avoided a car crash each month, while 18% of drivers said they experienced close calls on a weekly basis. Road safety affects us all.

“Council supports efforts to bring these numbers down, and Fatality Free Friday is a good reminder that road safety is in everyone’s hands,” Cr Ramsey said.

“The road safety campaign is more than just a single day - although the target is to have a fatality free Friday, the ultimate aim is for long-term community change.”

Join the online E-Pledge for 2017, visit www.fatalityfreefriday.com for more information, or contact Council’s Road and Community Safety Officer on 9747 7111.