Take part in Road Safety Week and #SpeakUp for road safety urges charity

Families, community groups, schools and companies are being encouraged to sign up to get involved in Road Safety Week 2019 (6-12 May), to help spread life-saving messages and make communities safer.

This year the week will coincide with the UN Global Road Safety Week, and will focus on leadership for road safety, with the theme Save Lives #SpeakUp. Brake will be calling on everyone to #SpeakUp about the road safety issues that affect them and their community, and will demonstrate how everyone can be a road safety leader.

Road Safety Week is coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, sponsored by QBE Insurance and supported by the NZ Transport Agency. It’s an ideal opportunity for organisations, families, and individuals to take action on local road safety issues, and run activities and campaigns to promote safe road use and prevent needless casualties.

Organisations and budding community road safety champions can find ideas for getting involved, and register, by going to www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz. Everyone who registers will be sent a free email action pack with downloadable road safety posters and resources, plus tips, advice and case studies to help plan successful activities for the week.

Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ director said: "Road Safety Week is a fantastic opportunity for organisations, communities and families to speak up and raise awareness of local road safety issues with others in their community. It's free to sign up and get access to resources to help you run activities and campaigns reminding drivers and other road users of key messages and drawing attention to your local issues. I urge any organisation or individual who wants to raise awareness in their community to sign up."

The charity is also looking for local road safety stories, including information about issues that are affecting local communities and campaigns that are taking place. These stories will be featured as part of Road Safety Week. Families who have been bereaved or injured in crashes and are willing to share their story to help demonstrate the impact of crashes are also being sought. If you have a story to share please contact Caroline Perry on 021 407 953 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are part of an organisation or group that would like to get involved in Road Safety Week activities, more information is available at www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz.

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