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Highlighting the road safety message

SOME of the state’s best-known buildings and structures lit up in yellow in May, to shine a spotlight on National Road Safety Week.

Buildings across Tasmania – including the Hobart’s Remembrance and Tasman bridges, Tasmania Police Headquarters and Temple House in Liverpool Street – were illuminated in yellow light at dusk from 15-22 May for National Road Safety Week, which serves as a reminder to all road users about the dangers of road travel and highlights ways we can improve our own safety and that of all other road users.

More than 25 people have died on the state’s roads already this year, with dozens more hospitalised with serious injuries.

Road Safety Advisory Council chair Scott Tilyard urged Tasmanians to take the pledge to drive so others survive.

“I implore all Tasmanians to take the online pledge to drive safely at www.roadsafetyweek.com.au,” he said.

“By pledging to Drive So Others Survive, you are making a commitment to do just that – to not speed; to put your mobile phone away; to wear your seatbelt; and to not drive if you are tired or have consumed alcohol or drugs.

“Safe driving shouldn’t be restricted to the week, of course. We want to see everyone drive safely, not only throughout National Road Safety Week, but all year round.”

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said too many drivers are still choosing to ignore the dangers of the “Fatal Five” – speeding, drink-or drug driving, inattention, fatigue, and failure to wear seat belts.

“Our biggest problem is not our cars, our roads or our policing – it’s our attitude and decisions we make behind the wheel,” he said.

“To target those who choose to do the wrong thing, the Tasmanian Government is boosting enforcement through an automated camera enforcement program.

“This contemporary mobile camera program will see an initial eight cameras on our roads, allowing for expansion to 16 cameras, and functionalities such as detection of illegal mobile phone use and lack of seat belts.

“No fatality on our roads is acceptable and we simply have to work harder together to bring our deaths and serious injuries down.”

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