Published: May 6, 2019

Harbour Bridge Lights Up For Road Safety Week

The Sydney Harbour Bridge has tonight lit up yellow to mark the start of National Road Safety Week and honour the memory of the more than 1,200 lives lost on the nation’s roads each year.

Minister for Roads Andrew Constance said too many people were still losing their lives on the road.

“In NSW today the road toll stands at 136, that’s 11 more than for the same time last year,” Mr Constance said.

“The consequences of crashes on our roads are far reaching and devastating. It’s not just family and friends of the victims impacted, but work colleagues, community groups and emergency services workers.”

Minister for Regional Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government was committed to reducing the road toll.

“The road toll isn’t just a number; it is made up of loved ones. These are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends and colleagues,” Mr Toole said.

“Each life lost on our roads is one too many, and road safety is everyone’s responsibility. By lighting the bridge in yellow we hope to remind people they are in control when they get in a car.”

Daniella Dare who lost her cousins Lars, Vivian, Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt as a result of a crash on Boxing Day in 2017 said National Road Safety Week was an opportunity for all road users to think about how their driving affects others.

“My family died because of another driver’s behaviour,” Ms Dare said.

“It doesn’t matter what the behaviour is, if it’s drink or drug driving, speeding, fatigue or using a mobile phone, the outcome is always the same – people’s lives are changed forever.

“I urge every road user to think about their behaviour when they get behind the wheel – your decisions could result in devastation and lost lives.”