Support for WA road crash victims available

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Men aged between 18-24 and drivers in remote and regional WA continue to be over-represented in road crashes. Picture: WA Police/Twitter

WORLD Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was held on the third Sunday of November to remember the millions killed and injured in road crashes each year.

In Western Australia, the event is coordinated by Road Trauma Support WA, the state’s only dedicated service supporting Western Australians impacted by road trauma.

Each year around the country, an average of 1200 people are killed on roads and more than 30,000 are seriously injured.

In addition to the massive emotional and physical toll suffered by families and communities, road trauma is estimated to cost the country $27 billion a year.

Men aged between 18-24 and drivers in remote and regional WA continue to be over-represented in road crash data.

Speed, drink and drug driving, fatigue, failure to wear seatbelts and distraction remain the leading causes of death and injury on our roads.

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said road trauma affected thousands of WA families each year.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and if we all make a commitment to drive so others survive, then we can work together to reduce death and injury on our roads and prevent more families experiencing the tragedy of road trauma,’’ she said.

She also thanked emergency service workers for their tireless work and recognised the impact road trauma had on them at a personal level.

Road Trauma Support WA said the potential  for psychological and social distress after a major crash is significant.

If you need support contact 9420 7262.