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Make a pledge to drive more safely on Fatality Free Friday

Published: 21 May 2018

Make a pledge to drive more safely on Fatality Free Friday

The Logan community is being urged to steer their thinking towards Fatality Free Friday on May 25.

Logan City Council is once again supporting the national awareness campaign, which aims to reduce road deaths to zero.

City Roads and Water Committee Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon, said data from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau showed the national road toll to be an average of 5.3 deaths each day.

"That's five families every day whose lives are changed forever by the simple act of driving a car - something many of us do day in, day out," Cr Pidgeon said.

"We might think that driving is just about pushing pedals and changing gears, but there's also a very important mental component.

"Many accidents can be alleviated by drivers being prepared for the unexpected all the time.

"By drivers actively concentrating on road safety for just one day a year, we want them to think about it in the days after and then change their outlook completely."

Council is holding an event at Browns Plains on Fatality Free Friday, and Cr Pidgeon said the location had been chosen to reflect the fact that the highest concentration of fatal traffic accidents in the city are happening on the Mt Lindesay Hwy corridor to Jimboomba.

"We'll have a range of information available to the community about everything associated with road safety, plus a display of 100 pairs of empty shoes to represent the fatalities on our local roads since 2010, and an inflatable car that people can sign to pledge their support towards zero fatalities," Cr Pidgeon said.

"What we should remember is that it's everyone's responsibility to own road safety; it's not just up to the government or police or 'someone else'."

The Fatality Free Friday event is part of SafeRoads4Logan, a Council-led program working in partnership with Queensland Police, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and road users to reduce road trauma.

The event will be held at Grand Plaza Shopping Centre, Browns Plains (near the Woolworths entrance on the eastern side of Grand Plaza Dr) from 10am to 3.30pm.