City of Logan Mayor Darren Power urges drivers to think seriously about road safety this Fatality Free Friday.

Fatality Free Friday is today (Friday, May 26) but the campaign’s aim extends beyond preventing fatal crashes on just that day.

Even more important is instilling lasting change to road users’ attitudes.

There have been seven fatalities on City of Logan’s roads so far this year – three motorbike riders, three pedestrians and one vehicle occupant.

Cr Power said the consequences of fatal accidents are far-reaching.

“This is seven people too many, but what the statistics don’t show is the immense pain felt by the families and friends of those seven people, for years afterwards,” he said.

“Every person on the road has a responsibility to ensure this statistic does not grow, not just on Fatality Free Friday, but every day of the year.”

Cr Power joined fellow Councillors and local police officers at a SafeRoads4Logan event at Grand Plaza, Browns Plains yesterday.

Mayor Darren Power in the hot seat of a driving simulator as Senior Constable Tony Fishburn watches on
Mayor Darren Power in the hot seat of a driving simulator as Senior Constable Tony Fishburn watches on

A ‘pledge car’ was on hand for people to lend their signature to the cause.

SafeRoads4Logan is a partnership between Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and RACQ.

Representatives spoke with members of the public about road safety, while a ‘100 shoes’ display represented the lives lost on our roads.

Infrastructure Chair, Cr Teresa Lane, praised the road safety partnership.

“I’m proud that Council is involved in this important work to raise road safety awareness in our community,” Cr Lane said.

Division 7 Councillor Tim Frazer said safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, every time they use our roads.

“Every time they get behind the wheel, drivers, bike riders and pedestrians have a responsibility to ensure everyone on the road gets home to their family,” Cr Frazer said.

Part of the display at Grand Plaza Browns Plains
Part of the display at Grand Plaza Browns Plains

The Australian Road Safety Foundation urges all motorists, bike riders and pedestrians to take the pledge to Choose Road Safety.

Visit arsf.com.au and promise to:

  • Always be fit to drive
  • Drive to suit conditions
  • Stay focused on the road
  • Be visible
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