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Yellow ribbon is for National Road Safety Week

MAKE THE PLEDGE: Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor is urging all drivers to sign an online pledge to not drive distracted, not speed and to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Photo: Submitted
MAKE THE PLEDGE: Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor is urging all drivers to sign an online pledge to not drive distracted, not speed and to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Photo: Submitted

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan shire councils are getting behind National Road Safety Week this week, which runs from May 16-23.

The week honours the memory of the 1200 lives lost and more than 44,000 seriously injured on Australia's roads each year.

During the week, road users are being asked to think about how they can actively protect all those who are vulnerable on the road and to sign an online pledge to not drive distracted, not speed and to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor said the councils have been supporting the initiative since 2017.

"During National Road Safety Week 2021, yellow ribbons will be displayed all across the country to remember those we have lost on the roads and to remind us to drive safely," she said.

"The trauma caused by road crashes echoes through our community and is felt by so many others - family and friends, work colleagues, community groups, emergency service workers and local communities.

"Our fleet vehicles and staff will proudly display yellow ribbons and you are encouraged to pick up a vehicle sticker and/or lapel ribbon for free from our administration offices in Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin.

"Our email signatures will display the National Road Safety Week artwork for the week."

Forbes Town Hall will be lit yellow as part of the week, along with the monument on Memorial Hill and the Sir Henry Parkes statue in Parkes.

"We are encouraging our staff and locals to sign the online pledge at: www.roadsafetyweek.com.au," Ms Suitor said.

National Road Safety Week is organised by the SARAH Group (Safer Australian Roads and Highways) in partnership with governments and road safety stakeholders.

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