RAC is calling on Western Australians to make a pledge to drive safely, as National Road Safety Week begins with an alarming increase in road fatalities.

According to preliminary data from the Road Safety Commission, 17 people lost their lives on WA roads last month — making it the worst month this year for road trauma and 70 per cent higher than October last year.

This week marks National Road Safety Week (15-22 November), an annual initiative which highlights the impact of road trauma across our communities and aims to remember those who have lost their lives on our roads.

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said too many lives are lost or forever changed by crashes on our roads.

“Tragically, someone is killed or seriously injured on a Western Australian road every five hours and we’re consistently one of the worst States in the country for road trauma,” Mr Golsby said.

“We need to remember that deaths and serious injuries on our roads are more than just numbers — they are real people with families and friends who are suffering.

“This National Road Safety Week is an opportunity to reflect on the widespread and devastating impact of road trauma, and the actions we can each take to make our roads safer.

“We can all play a part in preventing deaths and serious injuries on WA’s roads.

“Let’s all drive so others survive.”

So far this year, 133 people have been killed on WA roads, including 82 in our regional areas. 

National Road Safety Week was created by the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group and is supported by RAC. To get involved, make a pledge to ‘Drive So Others Survive’.

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RAC Media Contact: Caitlin Barr, 0401 703 719 or media@rac.com.au