Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker says it is essential that Warrell Creek to Urunga is the next Pacific Highway project to receive funding.
Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker says it is essential that Warrell Creek to Urunga is the next Pacific Highway project to receive funding. Trevor Veale

Hartsuyker doing his bit for fatality free roads

MEMBER for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is urging community members to help prevent any deaths on Australian roads today, by signing up to Fatality Free Friday.

Mr Hartsuyker this week met with founder and CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation Mr Russell White at Parliament House in Canberra and signed the Fatality Free Friday pledge.

Mr Hartsuyker said Fatality Free Friday is an initiative setup by the Australian Road Safety Foundation in 2007 and is recognised as Australia's only 'national community based road safety program'.

"On average five people die on Australian roads each day. While we have come a long way in terms of lowering the national road toll, one death is too many," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"By working together we can reduce the road toll through a range of measures, including improved driver behaviour.

"Fatality Free Friday is about all road users making a conscious effort to focus on road safety and preventing five people from unnecessarily losing their lives."

Mr Hartsuyker said the key message of the Fatality Free Friday campaign needed to be reinforced and carried out by drivers on a full-time basis.

"Campaigns such as Fatality Free Friday put the spotlight on the importance of road safety but we mustn't consider it to be a one-off event," he said.

"By taking care and driving responsibly every day we can make a long-term difference and reduce the road toll."

More than 44,000 Australians have signed up to the Fatality Free Friday campaign which is being supported by Caltex, Suncorp Insurance, the Queensland State Government, Queensland Rail and Monroe Shock Absorbers.

Click here to make a pledge.
 


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