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In 2017, 1227 people were killed and another 35,000 seriously injured on Australian roads. Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24. These numbers are growing every year but are fully preventable.

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it.


Over the week, national and state icons will turn yellow. Emergency vehicles, fleet trucks, cars, motorbikes and bicycles will display yellow ribbons. These activities honouring both those we have lost and demonstrate our pledge to drive safely.  Please check events happening in your local area and how you can show your support for road safety.

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Monday 30 April: Remember the 1200

Today we pause to remember the 1227 people who died on our roads last year. May they rest in peace.


 Tuesday 1 May: Protecting those who rescue us
(Emergency services, roadside assist)

Our rescuers often place themselves in danger to help us. Let’s make sure we protect them.


Wednesday 2 May: Protecting those who keep us safe  
(Road workers, Traffic Controllers)

Roadside workers risk their lives every day to help and guide us along the roads.
Let’s ensure we keep our distance and keep them safe.


Thursday 3 May: Protecting every life
(Pedestrians: children, seniors, people with disabilities)

Its not just people in cars who are victims of traffic trauma. We need to drive safely to protect every life along the road.


Friday 4 May: Shine a light on road safety

All over Australia our favourite icons are turning yellow to shine a light on road safety.


 Saturday 5 May: Yellow ride – cyclists and motorcyclists

Our cyclists and motorcyclists are our most vulnerable road users. Give them space and share the roads.


Sunday 6 May Regional and remote road users
Remote and regional road users can be at most risk from traffic injury. Drive safely and be aware of any potential hazards before you set out.