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NEW CAMPAIGN TO SAVE COUNTRY LIVES ON GOULBURN ELECTORATE ROADS

The Hon. Pru Goward today announced the first ever comprehensive road safety education campaign to target regional NSW in an all-out effort to spread the critical message that too many country people are dying on the state’s roads.

Saving Lives On Country Roads aims to highlight the hidden crisis unfolding almost daily on the state’s regional road network, a crisis which is devastating families and local communities.

The campaign is also designed to kick start a new conversation in the country by challenging the ‘yeah but!’ attitude of excuses many drivers make to justify taking deadly risks on our roads like speeding, drink and drug driving, driving tired and not wearing seatbelts.

“We need to face up to the fact that far too many country people are dying on our roads,” Ms Goward said.

“Last year we lost 252 people in the country. That’s two thirds of the road toll for the entire state.

“Here in the Goulburn electorate 54 people lost their lives and 390 were seriously injured in the past five years from 2012 to 2016. This has to stop.
“And that’s why a campaign like this is so important to get the message across to country drivers that it’s not tourists or people from the city dying on their roads, its locals.

As part of the campaign, which Ms Goward launched today in the Goulburn region, the NSW Government and Transport for NSW, will collaborate with local councils, community groups and local industries to help spread this important safety message across regional NSW.

Campaign ambassador and NSW farmer Sam Bailey said people in local communities needed to start talking about the problem.

“I became a quadriplegic as a result of taking a risk and not wearing a seatbelt. I was thrown from a moving vehicle and my life has never been the same,” Mr Bailey said.

“Recently I lost a dear friend in a road crash on a country road – this tragedy is real and it is happening to our families and friends.

“I never thought I would end up a victim of a road crash, and I never imagined one of my friends would be killed on the road, but I am living proof that tragedy is real and it can happen to you, even if you think you are indestructible.”

The new $3.4 million dollar campaign is part of the NSW Government’s vision of a future free of road trauma and the ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

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