Thursday, 10 April 2014

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP, encourages local residents to show their support for the 2014 Fatality Free Friday– an initiative to draw community attention to the personal role we can all play in making NSW roads safer.


“While law enforcement and road rules are the backbone of safe roads, there is no substitute for driver vigilance and road users making a personal commitment to safe behaviour,” Mr Coure said.


"We need to think about our actions such as avoiding drink driving, sticking to the speed limit and having sufficient rest before driving, particularly on the long journeys over the Easter break.”


In support of the campaign, Transport for NSW has purchased inflatable cars to display at shopping centres, market days, and sports events around the state. The inflatable cars will act as a major drawcard of the campaign with community members encouraged to sign the cars to take the pledge. 


The NSW Royal Botanic Gardens will also play host to a national media event on Thursday, 1 May and the campaign will culminate on Fatality Free Friday on Friday 30 May.


Mr Coure said, “The core message is clear; the key to road safety is in each of our hands.”


“I encourage people to get involved with Fatality Free Friday by pledging their commitment to behave in a way that keeps our roads safe.”


As well as having the opportunity to sign the cars at event locations or online, people will also be able to get information on road safety issues such as: 

  • pedestrian safety

  • breakdown safety

  • top 10 misunderstood road rules

  • older drivers

  • child restraints

  • used car safety ratings

Fatality Free Friday is run by the Australian Road Safety Foundation which is a not for profit organisation established to reduce road trauma across Australia.


Road users can take the Fatality Free Friday pledge by visiting www.fatalityfreefriday.com or by visiting the Fatality Free Friday Facebook page.