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Shine your lights to help make Bunbury’s roads safer

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
City of Bunbury RoadWise chairwoman Cr Karen Steele wears yellow to shine a light on road safety while waiting for the Koombana Footbridge to light up. committee
Camera IconCity of Bunbury RoadWise chairwoman Cr Karen Steele wears yellow to shine a light on road safety while waiting for the Koombana Footbridge to light up. committee Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The South West’s leading road safety advocates are shining a light on the issue by ramping up their campaigns during National Road Safety Week.

The City of Bunbury RoadWise committee is participating in the 2018 Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign in a bid to raise awareness of the need to prevent deaths and injuries on the city’s roads.

The South West Industry Road Safety Alliance is urging drivers to slow down to reduce the risks of road trauma due to speeding with the hashtag “#snailedit”.

The city’s campaign runs until Sunday with Bunbury City Council lighting up the new Koombana Footbridge as part of the initiative.

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Bunbury RoadWise chairwoman Cr Karen Steele said supporting the Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign was yet another way to raise awareness of local road safety issues.

“The Koombana Footbridge is a new local landmark in the city passed by on average 12,000 motorists each day,” Cr Steele said.

“By lighting up the footbridge and promoting the city’s support for the Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign we hope to keep road trauma and its wider impact on our local community at the forefront of people’s minds. Residents can show their support for the Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign on Friday, May 4 by driving with their headlights turned on.”

A South West Industry Road Safety Alliance spokeswoman said despite years of warnings, education campaigns and police enforcement, speed was still the major contributing factor towards death and serious injury on roads.

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