Zero for Queensland, South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Northern Territory – it’s not a score you would traditionally strive for, but when it comes to the state or territory’s road toll it’s the number we all aim to achieve.

 

Queensland, South Australian, ACT, Tasmanian and Northern Territory road users achieved the aim of Fatality Free Friday, recording zero road deaths on Friday 25 May 2012. Unfortunately Victoria recorded two deaths, NSW one death and Western Australia one death, taking the national road toll on the 2012 Fatality Free Friday to four.

 

Fatality Free Friday, Australia’s only national community based road safety program, has grown since its inception in 2007 and on Friday events were staged simultaneously in Brisbane (Reddacliff Place), Sydney (Martin Place), Melbourne (Federation Square) and for the first time in Canberra (Parliament House).

 

Supercheap Auto V8 Supercar legend Russell Ingall attended the Sydney event  calling on all road users to make their pledge to driving safely and reduce the road toll to zero as part of the Fatality Free Friday campaign.

 

Founder and Chairman of the Australian Road Safety Foundation Russell White praised the many Australian road users who drove safely and ensured no deaths on Queensland, ACT, South Australian, Tasmanian and Northern Territory roads on the national day of road safety awareness, Fatality Free Friday.

 

“Although Fatality Free Friday was successful in raising widespread awareness of road and driver safety the number of road fatalities recorded on Friday 25 May was a reminder of the significant road safety issues impacting Australians,” said Mr White.

 

“The 25 May 2012 road toll of four is less than the daily average of five fatalities but it is clear that there is much more work to be done. Governments, police, health practitioners and all road users need to work together to implement strategies to improve road safety and reduce Australia’s road fatalities and traumas.

 

Mr White said more than 36,000 Australians had signed the Fatality Free Friday road safety pledge and made a commitment to do their best to use the roads safely on Fatality Free Friday.

 

“Fatality Free Friday puts the emphasis back on the people who can make a real difference – those who use the road. Ultimately, it provides a platform for people to start thinking consciously about driving safely every day of the year” Said Mr White.

 

“The Australian Road Safety Foundation is committed to improving road safety and reducing driver trauma and fatalities on Australian roads through initiatives such as Fatality Free Friday,” he said.

 

Visit www.fatalityfreefriday.com for further information.