Geelong's road trauma memorial shines for road safety

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17 May 2021

Geelong’s road trauma memorial, Solace, will be shining in yellow tonight to show support and pay tribute to Victorians impacted by road trauma.

The Transport Accident Commission will illuminate the memorial at Limeburner’s Point in yellow as part of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria’s Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign.

RTSSV’s campaign coincides with National Road Safety Week, which is from May 16 to 23 and encourages road users to put road safety front of mind when they’re on the road.

Motorists are also urged to turn on their headlights while they’re driving on Friday May 21, to show their commitment to road safety.

Last year, 22 people lost their lives on roads in the Barwon South West region, including 10 deaths on Geelong roads and so far, this year eight people have lost their lives.

Solace was completed in April last year and is as a spot for Victorians to visit and pay tribute to people affected by road trauma.

Other landmarks in Victoria being lit up in yellow for the week include:

  • Melbourne Town Hall
  • Box Hill Town Hall
  • Frankston Arts Centre
  • Bolte Bridge
  • Melbourne Star
  • 101 Collins Street, Melbourne

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll

“Nobody starts their day expecting to be involved in a crash, but the reality is that every year there are hundreds of Victorians that die or have their lives changed forever because of road trauma.”

“Every crash on Victoria’s roads is preventable and we all have a responsibility in reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

Quotes attributable to Transport Accident Commission CEO Joe Calafiore

“Seeing the road trauma memorial in Geelong lit up in yellow is a strong show of support to all those Victorians that have been affected by road trauma.”

“We hope that Victorians this week will take the time to think about their actions when they’re on the road and commit to driving in a way that makes every journey a safe one.”

Quotes attributable to Road Trauma Support Services Victoria CEO Bernadette Nugent

“National Road Safety Week aims to get people thinking about their driving behaviour; what can I do better, how can I make a conscious effort to keep myself and others safe?”

Lighting up the Road Trauma Memorial in yellow reminds people of what they have to lose if they or someone they know loses their life or is seriously injured on our roads.”

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