Victoria’s Parliament House will be illuminated yellow this week, alongside a number of iconic Melbourne landmarks, to raise awareness of road trauma and support those affected by it.
Tomorrow marks the start of the Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which aims to shine a light on the plight of children on the road and generate actions to keep them safe.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, today joined Victorian Assistant Police Commissioner, Bob Hill and Melanie-Rothe-Cox, who tragically lost her 11 year old sister in a road accident 21 years ago, to call on the community to take responsibility for road safety.
More than 500 children around the world lose their lives every day as a result of road trauma, with 14 of the 249 people killed on Victoria’s roads last year children, four of whom were aged under five.
The Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing training, education and better road infrastructure to make young Victorian users as safe as they can be.
That’s why $146 million is being invested in the Government’s Road Safety Starts Early initiative, to arm young Victorians with the skills and support they need to become safe drivers.
In addition, the $1 billion Safe System Road Infrastructure Program will ensure that Victoria’s roads are among the safest in the world.
United Nations Global Road Safety Week will run from 4-10 May.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan
“We all have a role to play in protecting children on our roads and achieving our vision of zero deaths and injuries.”
“Any life lost on our roads is tragic, and when that person is young and has their whole life ahead of them, it is devastating.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020