Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said that National Road Safety Week (5th-12th May 2024) will highlight the tragic impact of road trauma and ways we can all work together as local communities to help reduce it.

Mr Ward said that the week is an annual initiative of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group launched by Mr Peter Frazer OAM, following the tragic loss of his daughter Sarah in a road crash in 2012.

“Each year, we ask NSW road users to take the pledge to ‘Drive so others survive'.

“Please drive under the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, put your iPhone away and never drive if you are tired or affected by drugs and/or alcohol.

“The road safety message extends to regional NSW which is particularly important with deaths on NSW country roads making up 67% of our State’s road toll.

“Kiama Lighthouse has previously hosted community events to highlight road safety.

“Any death on our roads is one too many which is why we are committed to our goal of reducing road trauma to zero in New South Wales.

“Local communities, towns and villages across the Illawarra and South Coast will be supporting the week by taking the pledge, wearing a yellow ribbon and promoting road safety messages in their workplaces and homes.

“I am asking every driver and rider to make their own commitment to actively protect the lives of all those on the road ahead.

“You can start by going to and taking the pledge, and then ask your family, friends and workplace colleagues to do the same thing and increase the awareness in our local communities which is also vital.

“Everyone has a right to get home safe to their loved ones, every day, no exceptions,” Mr Ward concluded.