Shining a light on road safety
Published on 15 November 2020
The Kiama lighthouse is just one of Australia’s iconic landmarks being bathed in yellow for National Road Safety Week 2020 (15 – 22 November).
The lighthouse is being lit up each night from 8pm to Midnight, to honour the memory of the 1,200 people who die on Australia’s roads each year.
Mayor Mark Honey said lighting up the lighthouse was a sobering reminder that even with COVID-19 travel restrictions, too many people were still being killed in car accidents.
“More than 260 people have been killed on NSW roads so far this year, a drop on last year, but still way too many,” Clr Honey said.
“As a regional Mayor I’m particularly concerned that the vast majority of roads deaths in NSW happened on country roads.”
“The trauma caused by a road death always echoes strongly through smaller communities such as ours, we’re everybody seems to know each other.”
“It’s not just family and friends who suffer, but work colleagues, community groups, sports clubs and especially local police, ambulance paramedics and emergency service workers.”
Clr. Honey said that speeding, alcohol, drugs and fatigue remain the biggest killers on our roads.
“This week we can all take an online pledge to not drive distracted, not speed and to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”
“Life is precious and we all should be able to get home safely to our loved ones. Let’s all drive so others survive.”
You can take the online pledge to drive safely via the National Road Safety Week website: www.roadsafetyweek.com.au
Council is holding a road safety stall at the Kiama Farmers’ Market this Wednesday (18 November), where you can also get your yellow ribbon to show your support for road safety.