The Fatality Free Friday event at Grand Plaza Shopping Centre helped to raise road safety awareness on Friday 31 May.

The day was created by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) in 2007 with the hopes of going “one day without a death on the road”.

The event gave local shoppers the opportunity to sign a pledge to make smart choices on the road, meet with police and other road safety stakeholders, and use a driving simulator to test different driving conditions.

It was hosted by the city’s SafeRoads4Logan program – a partnership between Logan City Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and RACQ – designed to keep local roads, roadsides and road users safe.

Its vision is about “creating a city where everyone can travel in safety, respect the rights of others and behave responsibly”.

Since its inception in 2007, ARSF’s Fatality Free Friday campaign has continued to expand its operation and is now recognised as one of Australia’s largest national community-based road safety program.

According to ARSF, road safety is a global issue that ranks as one of the most pressing matters facing society today.

The social, economic, and emotional costs are immense, and these figures are poised to increase unless something is done, now.

All road users are encouraged to get involved in Fatality Free Friday events and to take personal responsibility to help make a significant reduction in road trauma.

ARSF founder and CEO Russell White said he started Fatality Free Friday with a “big picture vision” to live in a world where no life is taken by a preventable road crash.

“We need your support to make this vision a reality,” he said.

“Together, let’s try for a future where every journey ends safely.”

 

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