Rural Road Safety Month is a national awareness campaign targeting regional and rural road safety conducted by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) and endorsed by Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC).
Statistics supplied by ARSF state:
- The rate of serious road-related injury among residents in rural areas is nearly twice that of those in major cities.
- Rural road crashes account for more than 65% of the Australian road toll.
- Every 6 seconds someone is killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads.
- Every year, around 1200 people are killed on Australian roads.
Rural Road Safety Month is a chance for all to be involved in making the roads safer. There are many ways to get involved and Choose Road Safety, from changing an in-car behaviour to hosting an event in your local community.
CGRC will promote Rural Road Safety Month with regular social media posts reminding drivers young and old.
- To be aware
- Drive to the conditions
- Always be fit to drive
- Scan the road ahead
- Know their limits
- plan their trip
- Stay sharp
- Take regular breaks
- Not drive through flooded waters
- Be alert for wildlife and livestock.