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Logan joins the drive to save lives during Queensland Road Safety Week activities

Published: 19 August 2015

Logan joins the drive to save lives during Queensland Road Safety Week activities
Senior Sergeant Scott Lacey and Cr Russell Lutton.

Logan City Council has moved into top gear to support local activities happening during Queensland Road Safety Week (17-21 August).

Deputy Mayor, and Road Safety and Bicycle Advisory Committee Chairperson, Councillor Russell Lutton, said Council was proud to support Road Safety Week as part of the SafeRoads4Logan program.

"Nine people have died on the city's roads during 2015, which is nine too many," he said.

"We support the State Government's 'Join the drive to save lives' road safety campaign because it aligns with what we are doing under SafeRoads4Logan."

SafeRoads4Logan is a partnership between Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Transurban and RACQ, aimed at reducing serious and fatal crashes in Logan by encouraging motorists to drive safely.

Cr Lutton said local activities for Road Safety Week would focus on the Fatal Five – drink driving, speeding, driving without seatbelts, driving without distraction and driving tired.

"We see too many people ignoring the risks time and time again, often with fatal consequences," he said.

"We want to reduce serious and fatal crashes in Logan by creating a city where everyone can travel safely, respect the rights of others and behave responsibly."

Council's RU1m (are you one metre?) campaign, which has raised awareness of new minimum passing distances around cyclists through SafeRoads4Logan, is a finalist in the Queensland Road Safety Awards, being announced on Thursday at Mackay.

"Our RU1M campaign has successfully highlighted how important it is to stick to the one metre passing rule on roads with a speed limit of 60km/h or below," Cr Lutton said.

"It might not seem like much, but on the road, one metre can mean the difference between a safe journey home and potential tragedy, so I'm thrilled that our campaign has been recognised through these awards."

Queensland Road Safety Week activities are happening from until Friday 21 August. Learn more at http://jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/road-safety-week 

For more information about SafeRoads4Logan, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/saferoads4logan.