Remember the 1200@1200 today in support of reducing the national road toll

Media Release

DC064/2016

05 May 2016

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester MP has joined road safety advocates in calling on Australians to pause and reflect on the nation's road toll today.

Mr Chester said the ‘Remember the 1200@1200’ initiative was part of Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week. The event asks people at 12noon today to acknowledge the more than 1200 people who died on Australian roads last year.

“While the long-term trend for road fatalities is declining, there has been an alarming spike in road deaths recently and we must work harder as a nation to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” Mr Chester said.

“By pausing to reflect today at noon, we are continuing to show our support to those who have been touched by road trauma, and also show our continued resolve to reducing the road toll.”

The 1200@1200 initiative was started by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group and is now a joint initiative with the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), Altus Traffic and Road Safety Education.

SARAH President Peter Frazer said Australians could show their support for families and friends affected by the road toll by pausing at noon today.

“Despite the statistics, road injury and death remains mostly hidden from the community,” Mr Frazer said.

“Unfortunately the figures tell us nothing about the personal stories of those involved, of our emergency services personnel who become traumatised by what they see, of the parents and partners left to identify their loved ones, and of the sad legacy faced by family and friends for the rest of their lives.

“So at midday this Thursday we are asking that all Australians stop for a moment to remember the 1200 killed on our roads last year, and to also show their support for those families and friends.

“Then show that you stand in solidarity with them by pledging to “DRIVE So Others Survive” and by wearing a yellow ribbon, or flying one from your vehicle. You will be making a real difference.”