A LOCAL road safety advocate is calling on local businesses to shine a light on road safety.
Road Trauma Support Services Victoria regional coordinator Malcolm Pollitt says for every person killed on Victorian roads, eight people suffer life-changing injuries.
As part of road safety week, motorists are being asked to turn their lights on on Friday, May 4 to promote road safety and remember those who have lost their lives and been severely injured.
Buildings such as Melbourne’s town hall, Parliament House and many commercial buildings will be lit in yellow to recognise the week.
“The road toll in 2017 was 255 fatalities, but a further 2050 people suffered catastrophic injuries and 3075 suffered life-changing injuries,” Mr Pollitt said.
“That’s 5125 lives changed forever in Victoria, and it just shouldn’t have to happen.”
RTSSV is a non-for-profit organisation, providing counselling and education for those affected by road trauma, and is supported by VicRoads, the TAC and Victoria Police.
Mr Pollitt has run counselling for traffic offenders for many years and says results show 95 per cent of those who go through the program say they will change their behaviour behind the wheel.
“It’s just about slowing down, being aware and ensuring your safety and that of those around you,” he said.
Emergency services organisations such as the SES, who play a vital road in the effects of road trauma, are also joining the cause.
Road Safety Week runs from April 30 to May 6, and businesses are encouraged to register their support at rtssv.org.au