Road Safety Memorial for Melton residents affected by road trauma

Published on 30 November 2018

The devastating effects of road trauma on the Melton community was recognised at the launch of a Road Safety Memorial this week.

Located in Hannah Watts Park, the memorial will be a place of quiet reflection for those affected by vehicle accidents, as well a reminder to all drivers to slow down and take extra care on our roads.

An initiative of the Victims of Road Trauma Support Group (VORTS), the Road2Zero Committee and the City of Melton Community Safety Committee, the memorial was described by the Mayor of the City of Melton, Cr Bob Turner, as an important step towards achieving road safety.

“This memorial acknowledges the deep and lasting impacts of road trauma on so many in our community, from the people involved in vehicle accidents and their families, to the emergency personnel and medical staff who are so supportive in assisting with rescue and recovery,” Cr Turner said.

Along with representatives from Victoria Police, CFA, SES, Ambulance Victoria, the TAC and VicRoads, two local residents spoke of their personal experiences in dealing with the aftermath of road trauma.

“Hearing these first-hand stories really highlighted the importance of ongoing road safety initiatives and improving driver behaviour,” Cr Turner said. 

“Just by watching our fatigue levels, speed, and being more vigilant on our roads we can dramatically reduce the number and severity of incidents.”

Cr Turner said road safety programs such as driver and motorcyclist awareness forums, free child restraint fitting and identifying blackspot areas remained a strong focus for the City of Melton.

He also commended the committees, emergency services representatives and individuals who worked together to launch the Road Safety Memorial.

“We hope this memorial, located in a tranquil place surrounded by nature, will give some comfort to anyone affected by road trauma.”