23 May 2016 Sign the Pledge for Fatality Free Friday

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23 May 2016 Sign the Pledge for Fatality Free Friday

Fatality Free Friday, an initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, will be marked in Coffs Harbour on Thursday May 26 when members of the public are invited to come along to the Growers Market to sign a road safety pledge and autograph an inflatable car.

“Please support this campaign because any way that we can get drivers consciously thinking about road safety when they get behind the wheel is a good thing,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

“Think of all the heartache that could be avoided by fewer deaths on our roads.”

Between July 2009 and June 2014, there were 1,793 crashes in the Coffs Harbour area, resulting in 20 deaths and injuries to 983 people.

Fatality Free Friday works on the belief that road users themselves are the key to zero fatalities on the road - that our actions, decisions and behaviour can be the difference between life and death.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, if drivers consciously think about road safety and safe driving for just one Friday in the year, that day’s toll – statistically about 5.3 deaths – could be reduced to zero.

Members of the community can come along and sign the car any time between 8.30am and 1pm. There is also a website where people can sign the pledge, if they are not able to go along to the market. So far, 130,000 people have signed the pledge. The website can be found at http://www.fatalityfreefriday.com/

Further information on road safety - including the Top 10 most misunderstood road rules, information for older drivers and driver distraction – will also be available on the day.​