National Road Safety Week 2021 was launched in Adelaide this week at an event attended by Safer Australian Roads and Highway (SARAH) Group founder Peter Fraser.
SARAH partners with road safety organisations and governments in efforts to reduce road trauma, and founded National Road Safety Week in 2013 – a year after Mr Fraser’s daughter died in a road crash on the Hume Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, commended Mr Frazer and the SARAH Group for their work.
He said the Federal Budget had earmarked an additional $1 billion for the now $3 billion Road Safety Program, extending the program to 2022-23.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said NRSW was a timely reminder that more needs to be done to prevent deaths on Australian roads.
“Road crashes cost the national economy approximately $30 billion a year, but this figure is far outstripped by the immeasurable suffering of families impacted by road deaths,” Mr Buchholz said.