Father whose young daughter was killed when a distracted truckie plowed her by the side of the road begs motorists to ‘drive so others can survive’
- Peter Frezer’s daughter Sarah, 23, was killed in a highway accident in 2012
- Her broken-down car was on the side of the road when another car hit her
- A tow truck driver who stopped to help her was also killed in the crash
- Mr Frazer launched National Road Safety Week, which starts on Sunday
A father who lost his 23-year-old daughter in a road accident asks Australians to promise to ‘drive so that others can survive’.
The National Road Safety Week starts on Sunday. It is the initiative of Peter Frazer, whose daughter Sarah died in February 2012.
More than 11,000 Australians have died on the roads and more than 360,000 have been seriously injured since then.
“It is simply not acceptable for these tragedies to be seen as regrettable but normal situations,” Frazer said.
Sarah Frazer, 23, was hit by a truck nine years ago after she hit the hard shoulder on Hume Highway in NSW and her father Peter started National Road Safety Week
“Since these crashes are avoidable, we need to do more to make sure they don’t happen and where they do occur, the consequences should not be so severe as to maim or kill innocent people.”
Ms. Frazer was hit by a truck nine years ago after entering the hard shoulder on Hume Highway south of Mittagong in the southern highlands of NSW.
A tow truck driver who assisted Mrs. Frazer, 40-year-old Geoffrey Clark, was also killed.
Buildings, bridges and icons across the country will be bathed in yellow light every night this week in memory of the 1,200 people who die on Australian roads every year.
The National Road Safety Week starts on Sunday. It is the initiative of Peter Frazer, whose daughter Sarah (photo) died in February 2012
People can sign up online for the ‘drive so others survive’ pledge.
Participants pledge to drive as if their loved ones were on the road, remove distractions, including phones, and avoid speeding, drugs and alcohol.
The pledge also includes protecting vulnerable road users, especially those like Mr. Clark whose job puts them in danger, by slowing down and giving them space.
About 36,700 people have already made the pledge.
Road safety advocates can also use social media hashtags #nrsw or #drivesos and wear yellow ribbons.
Frazer asks Australians to promise to ‘drive so that others survive’
The initiative is supported by the Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments, as well as road safety organizations and business partners.
South Australia’s Minister of Police and Emergency Services Vincent Tarzia will launch the week nationwide on Sunday.
It comes after hundreds of people walked three miles around Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake earlier this month to commemorate Victorians who lost their lives on the roads.
The Northern Territory government has made $ 20,000 in grants available to support grassroots groups in delivering road safety education during the week.