RAC Elephant in the Wheatbelt campaign urges drivers’ safety

RAC Elephant in the Wheatbelt campaign urges drivers’ safety

DRIVING behaviour is the focus of road safety advisers again, with Wheatbelt fatalities already above last year’s count.

RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby said the region has lost 23 lives this year – nine more than 2015 – and serious injuries continue to devastate families.

“With an average of three deaths a month, it’s critical that road safety remains the highest priority,” Mr Golsby said.

He urged everyone in the region to drive sensibly and set an example for next-generation drivers.

“Young drivers continue to be significantly over-represented in the State’s road fatality statistics,” he said.

“Last year, 17-19-year-olds made up 10 per cent of WA road fatalities, despite these age groups making up only 4 per cent of the WA population.”

According to a new RAC survey, 59 per cent of WA young drivers admitted to seeing their parent or guardian speeding more than 10km/h over the limit.

The survey also revealed concerning behaviours and attitudes among young drivers.

Forty four per cent of the young drivers surveyed admitted to copping a speeding fine since getting their licence.

Another 29 per cent said they had been a passenger in a car where the driver was suspected of being over the blood alcohol limit.

Earlier this year, the RAC launched the next stage of its five-year campaign – #ItsMyElephant – calling on the region to implement its own road safety initiatives.

The life-sized African elephant sculpture made out of wrecked cars is currently touring the Wheatbelt and will feature at events including the Beverley Show Day on August 20, Dowerin Field Days from August 24-25 and Bindoon Agriculture Show on October 15.

“For kids growing up in the Wheatbelt, driving can be a very different experience,” Mr Golsby said.

“I encourage you to bring your kids to an event and meet the elephant, and have a conversation with them about the importance of road safety.”