Opinion: Safety message needs to be heard

South Western Times
Opinion: One family enduring the Christmas period with an empty seat at the table is one too many.
Camera IconOpinion: One family enduring the Christmas period with an empty seat at the table is one too many. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

One family enduring the Christmas period with an empty seat at the table is one too many.

Yet, sadly in the past fortnight two South West families have learnt that is exactly what they will be doing after two young men were killed in horrific crashes in the region.

The thoughts of many in the community will be with those families as they try to celebrate what is meant to be one of the happiest times of the year.

It is something no family should have to endure.

But tragically, they are the stories that need to continue to be told in an effort to save just one life.

Those families along with police may never find out what exactly happened in the moments leading up to the young men’s tragic fate.

What road users should know, is that one decision, one moment, one second of inattention or fatigue can change not only the life of the person making that decision, but the lives of their loved ones.

A decision that could be felt forever.

The road safety message comes around every Christmas and while many might get tired of the same pleas, the State’s road toll is proof enough that the message is still not getting through.

There have been a staggering 150 fatalities on the State’s roads with more than two weeks still left in the year.

Included in that is 27 deaths in the South West – the highest region in the State.

That is 27 families and not to mention countless friends and work colleagues who will spend their first Christmas without their mate.

The message needs to be heard.

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