LNP supports National Road Safety Week

Queenslanders are being urged to keep the conversation going about road safety during the 2015 Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week.

Shadow Minister for Local Government and Main Roads, Community Recovery and Resilience Fiona Simpson said the week runs from 3 to 10 May and should act as a reminder for all drivers to be vigilant and stay safe on the road.

“This year the theme is “DRIVE so Others Survive!” and to support the campaign the Sir Leo Hielscher (Gateway) Bridges will be lit up in yellow lights,” Ms Simpson said.

“Road safety is everybody’s responsibility and this week gives us an opportunity to reflect and have a conversation with our friends and families to observe the fatal five and drive safely.

“Unfortunately this year we had a terrible Easter road toll and just last week, the tragic loss of five people following the serious flooding event.

“Road safety needs a multi-faceted approach to truly change driver behaviour including advertising, infrastructure and awareness campaigns.

“Organisations like Safer Australian Roads and Highways play a valuable role in keeping road safety top of mind and ultimately keep the road toll as low as possible.”

Ms Simpson said the LNP takes road safety extremely seriously as it only takes a split second to have an accident that will affect or destroy many lives.

“While in Government, the LNP delivered a record $350 million Road Safety Action Plan that provided 60 actions to tackle the road toll,” she said.

“While any death on our road is a tragedy, we saw a record low road toll in 2014 as a result of our plan, police enforcement and the vigilance of drivers.”

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