Central Coast drivers are being encouraged to think about how their driving affects others during National Road Safety Week, which runs from Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 November.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said people in regional areas make up one-third of NSW’s population, but in 2019, deaths on non-metropolitan roads made up more than two-thirds of the road toll.
“The Central Coast has recorded 64 deaths on roads between 2015 and 2019,” Mr Crouch said.
“These deaths echo through our community and are felt by so many other people, including family, friends, colleagues, community groups and emergency service first responders.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said more than 1,200 lives are lost on the nation’s roads each year.
“More than 260 people have died on our roads this year. Any death on our roads is one death too many. The road toll is every driver’s responsibility and unfortunately speeding, drink and drug driving and fatigue remain our biggest killers,” Mr Toole said.
“While the NSW Government is making record investment to make our roads the safest in the world, we can’t do it alone, so we’re asking everyone to take the pledge to drive so others survive.”
To raise awareness for National Road Safety Week, the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be lit yellow and the pylons will display the yellow ribbon graphic every night this week.
People are encouraged to take the road safety pledge at: www.roadsafetyweek.com.au.