Take the Road Safety Pledge

Locals are encouraged to brush up on the current road rules and take the pledge to help reduce road related incidents, as part of Rural Road Safety Month.

Running form August 1 to 31, the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) initiative is a national awareness campaign of driver behaviour in rural and regional areas across the country.

In 2018 over 700 people were killed on rural roads. Research conducted by ARSF revealed 1 in 2 rural drivers admit to speeding, using their mobile phone or driving distracted while their own children are in the car, compared to 1 in 3 metropolitan drivers.

Statistics show that rural drivers are more likely to drive under the influence and drive whilst tired compared to their city counterparts

  • 1 in 3 rural drivers have driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol, compared to 22 per cent of metro drivers,
  • almost three quarters of rural drivers admit to driving whilst fatigued, compared to 64 per cent of metro drivers,
  • and metro drivers (80%) and rural drivers (82%) are equally likely to speed on the roads.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Belinda Coe, said " While country residents make up one-third of the New South Wales population, two thirds of all fatalities occur on country roads. These statistics highlight the need for all motorists to make smarter choices in order to make our roads safer."

"Rural Road Safety Month provides a great opportunity to raise awareness towards road safety, as well as showing how our community can play their part in reducing those statistics.

ARSF Founder and CEO Russell White urged Australians - both regional and city based - to take ownership for their role in reducing the rural road toll.

“While there are a number of factors that contribute to the regional road toll, it’s everyday Australians that hold the key to safer roads,” Mr White said.

Rural Road Safety Month is a community-based awareness initiative that calls on everyday road users to jump in the driver seat of regional road safety, and make the pledge to:

  • Always be fit to drive
  • Scan the road ahead
  • Know their limits and plan their trip
  • Stay sharp and take regular breaks
  • Not drive through flooded waters
  • Be alert for wildlife and livestock
  • Drive to suit the conditions

About half a million people have already taken the pledge. Taking the pledge is an opportunity for drivers to take ownership for and make a commitment to their role in reducing the rural road toll. Take the pledge today by visiting www.arsf.com.au/take-the-pledge-for-rrs

For further information please contact the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Belinda Coe, on (02) 6861 2364.