Australia launches UN Global Road Safety Week

Media Release

DC114/2017

08 May 2017

  • Minister launches UN Global Road Safety Week in Sydney
  • The theme of the week is managing speed and what can be done to address speed as a contributing factor to road deaths and injuries
  • The week will include discussions on solutions to regional road deaths

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester last night launched the United Nation's Global Road Safety Week at the Sydney Opera House.

Mr Chester said he was honoured his international colleagues joined him at the launch, and was looking forward to working with all key stakeholders to reduce road trauma.

To bring attention to road safety, the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be lit up in yellow lighting for the duration of UN Road Safety Week.

“Over the coming week governments from across the globe will meet with senior policy makers from a range of organisations to find ways to save lives on our roads,” Mr Chester said.

“More than 900 people die as a result of road crashes in the Western Pacific Region every day.

“The focus of 2017's UN Global Road Safety Week is on speed, and this is an issue that certainly impacts on road safety in Australia.

“The Australian Government is committed to road safety and this is a subject I am passionate about. I do not accept that death and serious injury are a necessary part of road travel.”

Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

Around 1,300 Australians were killed in road crashes in 2016, and the Government has been working closely with industry, state and territory governments to provide a national focus on road safety.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime, and Transport, Kevin Anderson said the NSW government was proud to be a part the worldwide celebration of the fourth United Nations Road Safety Week.

“This year, for the first time, the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be lit up in yellow to commemorate this important event, and what better way to focus the nation's and the world's attention on road safety than lighting up Australia's most famous bridge.

“As a nation and as a state we still have a lot of work to do.

“In 2016, in NSW 384 people were killed and more than 12,000 people were seriously injured.

“These are not just numbers, they are real people who leave families and friends behind who will never be the same,” Mr Anderson said.

For more information on UN Global Road Safety Week, visit https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home