Peter Frazer reflects on National Road Safety Week

Road safety advocate, Peter Frazer, urges heavy vehicle drivers and motorists to mind their speed and to pay attention.

In recent conversation with Australian Truck Radio, Frazer spoke of the impact of road trauma and what needs to be done to boost road safety awareness.

He said the aim of the National Road Safety Week is to take the emphasis off the driver and to look after everyone, maintaining that the two greatest dangers on our roads are speed and distraction.

“I believe that one of the things we have been trying to do is to actively emphasise that when you enter a vehicle your highest priority is other people on the roads,” he said.

How we think when entering a vehicle, according to Frazer, can make a difference when it comes to safety. Bringing this level of awareness, he added, will help to protect everyone and not just the driver.

“By adapting this mentality, you don’t just get your goods and services back home, you also get yourself and others back home safely and that’s the key,” he said.

Andrew McKellar and Peter Frazer. Image: Australian Trucking Association.

Frazer acknowledges that heavy vehicle drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and eagerly highlights the impact and importance of the organisations who have come onboard to support the cause in raising awareness.

“That is one of the things that gives me the greatest pleasure is where we see good behaviour and leadership, advocacy and champions,” he said.

“We have to get people to drive so others survive which has become the fundamental message for National Road Safety Week.”

Frazer has dedicated his life to improving road safety both nationally and abroad via his organisation Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group which he established after the tragic passing of his 23-year-old daughter in February 2012.

National Road Safety Week 2024 was held between 5-12 May. It is an annual initiative from SARAH Group and is supported by the Government and organisations including the Traffic Management Association of Australia, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Toll Group.

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