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16 Nov 2020
Sydney Harbour Lights up for Road Safety

The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge will light up yellow tonight to mark the start of National Road Safety Week and pay tribute to those killed in crashes on the state’s roads.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole will launch the week, with an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney tonight.

Although the road toll is lower this year, there has been a worrying increase in speeding-related crashes which accounted for half of the fatalities between March and October.

The road toll stands at 269 which is 39 fewer deaths than at the same time last year. While Transport is taking steps to prevent crashes on NSW roads, drivers need to take responsibility and drive so others survive.

With more than 269 people having died on NSW roads so far this year -167 of those on country roads – it is a timely reminder that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

After a tough year, and with summer holidays nearly upon us, everyone needs to remember every time we get behind the wheel, the choices we make can have fatal consequences.

National Road Safety Week is coordinated by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), an organisation launched by Peter Frazer following the tragic loss of his daughter Sarah in a crash in February 2012.

This year the launch of National Road Safety Week on Sunday 15 November coincides with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be lit up yellow at night until Sunday 22 November, with ‘Towards Zero’ and yellow ribbon graphics projected onto the pylons. The Opera House will light up tonight.