International Road Safety Week (May 6-12)
Posted by: Cal on 7/05/2013
This week (May 6-12) is International Road Safety Week and as good a time as any to remind ourselves about the dangers of speeding and the importance of being alert and aware on the roads.
NSW Police have urged drivers to take care on the roads and to heed this year's focus: pedestrian safety.
"A pedestrian hit by a car travelling at 40 km/h has a 25 per cent chance of dying as a result of their injuries," said superintendent Stuart Smith, operations commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol in a May 6 statement.
"These percentages obviously increase with the speed of the car."
It is important to stay within the speed limit and to take extra care when there are pedestrians in the area.
Motorists should also make sure that their tyres are in top condition so that they can stop quickly and safely if they need to - regularly check tread wear and air pressure to ensure good tyre performance.
NRMA Motoring and Services will be supporting Road Safety Week by having its roadside patrol staff display yellow ribbons.
Local director David Bentham said the NRMA's focus would be highlighting the dangers faced by those who help motorists out when they're in a tough spot.
"We want motorists to be aware of tow truck drivers, roadside assistance and emergency services' personnel when they are helping road users who are in need," said Mr Bentham.