19 November 2014
The Road Trauma Support Team of SA has held an event to observe World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims.
Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo said that today’s event was a poignant reminder that even one death on our roads is too many.
“The road toll is not just a number you hear at the end of a radio story or see at the end of a television story,” Mr Piccolo said. "“The statistics reflect the tragic loss of human life and the horrific injuries.
"There are many others who are affected beyond those who die or are injured. Family members and friends are also affected by the outcome of a road crash and we all have the responsibility to make a difference on our roads.”
The event is marked globally on the third Sunday of November each year.
The theme for this year is: ‘Speed kills – design out speeding’.
Mr Piccolo said he fully endorsed the theme and that community sentiment towards speeding needed to change.
“I often receive correspondence from the public complaining that their expiation for speeding was unfair,” he said. "Speeding is unacceptable and indeed, speed is one of the major factors contributing to deaths and injury on our roads.
“The risk of involvement in a casualty crash approximately doubles with each 5km/h increase in travelling speed above 60km/h.”
The Road Trauma Support Team of South Australia is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2004 through the auspice of the Ella Wood Fairy Foundation. ELFF was established by Robyn-Lyn and David Wood in August 2000 after the death of their four year old daughter, Ella. In 1999, Ella was tragically killed in a motor vehicle collision in an Adelaide shopping centre car park.
Additional vehicles registered in South Australia have now been identified as having been fitted with a “critical” Takata airbag, and will be refused registration to ensure the safety of all road users.
As part of the Regency Road to Pym Street Project there will be a temporary partial closure of the South Road and Regency Road intersection from 5am Monday, 4 January, to 5am Monday, 11 January, weather permitting.
As part of the Darlington Upgrade Project, night and weekend works will be undertaken in the lowered motorway and on South Road to install the final layer of asphalt and line marking.
Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.