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Fatality Free Friday focuses on safer roads

Published: 22 May 2015

Fatality Free Friday focuses on safer roads
Cr Russell Lutton with shoes representing the lives lost on Logan's roads ahead of Fatality Free Friday

Logan residents are being urged to take care on the roads as part of a national road safety campaign being held next week.

Fatality Free Friday is recognised annually by communities across Australia to promote safer behaviour on roads.

Held on the last Friday in May (29 May this year), Fatality Free Friday is part of the SafeRoads4Logan campaign and helps raise awareness of the impact road accidents – particularly fatalities – have on the entire community.

Logan Road Safety Advisory Committee Chair, Councillor Russell Lutton (Division 2), said Logan Central Plaza had been chosen as the location for a road safety display from 2pm-7pm on Thursday 28 May due to the area's high representation in police crash statistics.

"Police advise us that 25 per cent of all crashes that occur in the City of Logan happen in Logan Central so we want to do all we can to spread the safety message there," he said.

Cr Lutton said shoes representing the lives lost in Logan over the past three years would be included with the display to reinforce the message.

"Already in 2015, we have had as many fatalities in the city as we did in 2014, and there is still half of the year to go – this means we all need to double our efforts," he said.

"All we are asking is for drivers to have one day of the year when there are no deaths on our streets across the state and hopefully, no more on our roads.

"If we can stop even one death on our roads it will be worthwhile, and if we can do it for one day, we can aim to do it every day.

"We want people to understand that they don't need to take risks, and that their actions could in fact rob another family or their own of a father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, uncle or aunt."

The display at Logan Central will also feature a Department of Transport and Main Roads education trailer, a speed camera vehicle and high visibility police car, a display focused on Council's RU1M bicycle safety campaign and Council's road safety mascot Patrick Pace Car.

A similar display will be open to the public from 10am-2pm on Friday 29 May at Logan Central McDonalds car park, in conjunction with local PCYC groups.