The spotlight is firmly on road safety from 30 April to 6 May with activities around the state as part of Road Safety Week.
Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is held in the first week of May each year to highlight awareness about the need for road safety. The week is a national event originated and co-ordinated by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Inc., a not-for-profit incorporated association. The campaign's objectives are to encourage road users to share the road responsibly, actively commit to safeguarding the lives and health of all road users (including pedestrians), and to protect vulnerable road users (particularly those who work on roads to assist and protect us).
Prominent buildings and landmarks such as the town halls in Hobart (pictured) and Launceston, Salamanca Place, Leven Bridge in Ulverstone, Burnie Makers Centre and Devonport Goliath Silos will be lit up in yellow to raise awareness.
During the week, RACT will support various activities around the state that engage Tasmanians on how to be safe on our roads.
1 May 2018
A Young Driver Symposium will be held in Hobart to discuss the over-representation of young drivers in road trauma. Tasmanians aged between 17 and 25 make up 11% of the driving population, but represent 30% of serious casualties.
2, 3 & 4 May 2018
RACT has joined forces with the University of Tasmania to educate local primary school students on road safety and deliver RACT's primary school resource RACT RoadSafe. Pre-service teachers studying at UTAS will be helping to deliver RACT RoadSafe to nine different schools around the state:
- Warrane Primary School
- Invermay Primary School
- Ridgley Primary School
- New Norfolk Primary School
- St Marys District School
- Cressy District School
- Avoca Primary School
- Port Sorell Primary School
- Deloraine Primary School
Following a successful trial late last year, the program is the first of its kinds for Tasmania and aims to improve student knowledge in the areas of bike safety, passenger safety, pedestrian safety and sign safety.
3, 4 & 5 May 2018
With the support of Road Safety Advisory Council, RACT will be at Agfest (3-5 May) with the Monash University Accident Research Centre driving simulator.
Young Tasmanians aged 16 to 19 were also invited to enter the Road Safety Week video competition for the best 30-second road safety commercial. The four finalists and the winner will be shared on the Tasmanian Police and RACT Facebook pages during Road Safety Week.
Find out more by visiting www.rsac.tas.gov.au/road-safety-week-2018