LANDMARKS LIGHT UP FOR NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be among landmarks around the state lit up in yellow from tonight to mark National Road Safety Week.


Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said the iconic Bridge will be among the structures illuminated until Sunday, 22 May to support the initiative by SARAH – Safer Australian Roads and Highways.


“This year’s theme is ‘Everyone has a right to get home safe, every day – no exceptions’. It’s a critical message and one we want all road users in NSW to focus on,” Mrs Ward said.


“Every year around 1200 people are killed on roads across Australia. Although last year NSW achieved its lowest road toll in almost a century, I’m urging all road users to help make sure everyone gets home safe – not just during National Road Safety Week but every time they get behind the wheel.”


SARAH Group was set up by Peter Frazer OAM following the death of his daughter Sarah in a road crash south of Sydney in 2012. National Road Safety Week is now in its tenth year, with Sarah’s favourite colour yellow featuring prominently.


Other locations to light up in Sydney include the Central Station Grand Concourse, WestConnex St Peters Interchange, Light Horse Interchange in Eastern Creek, Macquarie Street Mall in Liverpool and CommBank Stadium in Parramatta.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the message is particularly important in regional NSW where several landmarks will also be lit up, including the Big Merino in Goulburn, the Kiama Lighthouse and the Strzelecki Monument in Jindabyne.


“Country people make up about a third of NSW’s population but over the past five years, deaths on country roads made up 67 percent of our road toll,” Mr Farraway said.


“Everyone deserves to make it home safely to their loved ones at the end of the day. National Road Safety Week is a good time for everyone to reflect on ways they can help keep themselves and others safe on NSW roads.”

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