State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today urged motorists to take care on the roads for Fatality Free Friday.
Speaking at Mount Sheridan Plaza, and accompanied by a Fatality Free Friday inflatable car, Mr Pitt said the event was being held all around the country today to encourage safe motoring practices in the hope that on at least this one day of the year Australia can be free of road fatalities.
“Events have been held all around the state this month to raise awareness and engage the public in making safe driving pledges and we are fortunate that this event in Cairns is being held on the actual day of Fatality Free Friday,” Mr Pitt said.
“All the people we have seen today were encouraged to sign the car and make a personal pledge to drive safely today.
[singlepic id=590 w=320 h=240 float=left] “They were then given a Fatality Free Friday key ring to remind them of their pledge to drive safely for all the other days of the year.
“Sadly, in the year to date 80 people have died on Queensland roads – but encouragingly the figure is down 36 percent for the same time last year.
“Seven of those deaths have occurred on far north Queensland roads.”
In addition to Mr Pitt, representatives from the Department of Transport and Main Roads as well as emergency services staff were on hand to discuss how motorists could improve their driving behaviours.
For more information on the initiative please visit www.fatalityfreefriday.com