Tasmanians will see crashed cars throughout the state this week as a reminder of what can happen when we don't drive safely.
Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week
About four car wrecks will be positioned beside major roads as part of Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week from 8-14 May. Landmarks will also be lit in yellow, including the Launceston Town Hall, Burnie Makers' Workshop and the Hobart Railway Roundabout.
Speeding is the focus of this year's Road Safety Week, an initiative of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) www.sarahgroup.org to raise awareness about the importance of road safety. SARAH was established by Peter Frazer after his daughter was killed on the Hume Highway in New South Wales in 2012.
The main activity of National Road Safety Week involves tying a yellow ribbon to your car, bicycle or motorcycle as a symbol of your commitment to safer driving and to reflect on the impact of road trauma.
The RACT, Road Safety Advisory Council, Tasmania Police and Southern Cross Television are again partnering to deliver a range of awareness-raising activities in the state.
The dangers of driving while texting will be highlighted by the RACT and the need to slow down around roadside workers – including RACT roadside assistance workers – will also be a focus.
Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week was launched at Agfest, where RACT staff are educating motorists about the dangers of texting and driving, drink driving and the importance of buying a safe vehicle.
The week's activities will have a different focus each day
Monday, 8 May
Will focus on the importance of wearing seatbelts and for children to be in the appropriate child restraint.
RACT staff will spend the morning drop-off period at Lady Gowrie South Hobart Child Care Centre to conduct free restraint checks. Checks start at 7.30am.
RACT Child Restraints video
Tuesday, 9 May
Will spread the message of slowing down for roadside workers (including road rescue workers, emergency services and RACT Roadside Assistance workers).
RACT Roadsafety Video
Wednesday, 10 May
Will highlight the dangers of texting while driving to focus on inattention/distraction.
RACT staff are heading to the Latrobe Speedway and Don College to educate students about the dangers of distraction with a texting and driving activity.
An international example of 'texting while driving' activities
Thursday, 11 May
Focuses on speeding, particularly motorcyclists.
RSAC motorcycle safety video
Friday, 12 May
Focuses on the dangers of drink-driving. Alcohol reduces concentration that can have fatal consequences.
An anti-drink driving example from New Zealand that became a Kiwi pop cultural phenomenon.For more details click here.