As we come up to one of the busiest and most dangerous times of year on the road – the Christmas holiday season – it is important to put safety first and drive to the conditions.
Every year police officials around the country work hard to try and prevent fatal car accidents from occurring, however there is only so much that they can do if drivers do not comply with the law.
Motorists have a responsibility to adhere to the road rules and do their best to stay safe over the festive season.
The good news is, law-abiding drivers will have plenty of support – there are many initiatives around Australia that focus on spreading the important message of road safety.
These initiatives were recently celebrated at the Australian Road Safety Awards, which were held on November 21 in Sydney.
Winners included the Queensland Police Citizens Youth and Welfare Association for its Braking the Cycle program, the Lismore City Council in NSW for the Drive to Conditions road safety project and the Playful Beginnings Aboriginal Corporation (NSW) for ‘The Road, My Mob and Me’ campaign.
In total eight initiatives received recognition. The awards are organised by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), with the support of Caltex, who provide funding for cash grants.
ARSF chief executive Russell White congratulated the winners for minimising the risk of car accidents and catastrophic injury on the road.
“This evening we acknowledged eight winners from a field of 35 finalists representing a broad spectrum of community organisations, government, industry and individuals,” Mr White said in a statement.
“I would like to congratulate tonight’s awards winners for their commitment to improving road safety and reducing road trauma.”
Mr White added that he hoped the awards would provide organisations with incentive to improve operations and aim higher during 2013.
“As well as formally recognising stakeholders’ commitment to improving road safety outcomes and providing a new funding source, we hope the awards will encourage new standards of excellence in the road safety industry and in turn, will act as a catalyst to increase road safety activities across the nation,” Mr White said.
While it is good to celebrate these successful initiatives, remember that the best reward for safety is to be alive and well – it’s just not worth risking you or your family’s life to travel a bit faster or make any reckless decisions on the road.
Stay safe this holiday season and remember that if you are a victim of a car accident, there are lawyers in Sydney who can help you claim compensation.