Safety first on the roads

Stacy Dunbar with son Kai (yr 4, Merriwa Primary School), Kahjanah Wynne (yr 2 Merriwa Primary School), Mayor Tracey Roberts. Picture: Emma Goodwin        www.communitypix.com.au   d435712
Stacy Dunbar with son Kai (yr 4, Merriwa Primary School), Kahjanah Wynne (yr 2 Merriwa Primary School), Mayor Tracey Roberts. Picture: Emma Goodwin        www.communitypix.com.au d435712

WHITE crosses overlooking the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup symbolised people who died on local roads in the past year.

Merriwa mother Stacy Dunbar, whose eight-month-old son Nate died in 2013 when a drunk driver ploughed into his bedroom, spoke about road safety and the dangers of drink driving at the City of Wanneroo’s blessing of the roads ceremony on Tuesday.

WA Police Chaplain Joe Newbold prayed for the safety of road users and for the emergency services staff who deal with road trauma victims.

Mayor Tracey Roberts urged road users to take care over the Easter and school holidays.

“We all need to take care, keep within the speed limits, wear seatbelts, don’t use mobile phones and don’t drink and drive,” she said.

Local students placed white crosses in the ground to symbolise lives lost on the City’s roads in the past year.

The City’s RoadWise Working Group gave a Human Spirit Award to Nicola Peries for safety initiatives around the Landsdale area, including the Kiss and Drive scheme around the school.

Christine Nelson also received an award for working with the Banksia Grove Residents Association to bring attention to aspects of road safety for the schools and residents of Banksia Grove.