Cities unite to promote road safety


19 March 2018

In conjunction with the Cities of Stirling and Swan, the City of Joondalup is hosting a WALGA (Western Australian Local Government Association) RoadWise Blessing of the Roads ceremony at Sorrento Beach Park, Sorrento, on Wednesday 28 March.

Representatives of the three Cities and key road safety stakeholders come together to pray for the safety of WA road users over the Easter long weekend – traditionally one of the busiest times of the year on WA roads.

The Blessing of the Roads ceremony aims to create a positive road safety culture and engage local leaders to demonstrate that road safety is valued and that road trauma is not accepted, while giving those in attendance – some of whom have personally been touched by road trauma – a chance to remember the hundreds of West Australians killed or injured on WA roads each year.

The ceremony also recognises the dedicated efforts of emergency services personnel and volunteer workers who are often the first responders when it comes to serious road accidents.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it was an opportune occasion to appeal to all road users to exercise courteous behaviour, care and common sense when travelling on WA roads, particularly at peak periods such as the Easter long weekend.

“The City of Joondalup is again proud to partner with the Cities of Stirling and Swan in supporting the WALGA RoadWise Blessing of the Roads campaign, he said.

“It is hoped this ceremony will compel Western Australians to take care while travelling on the roads as we strive for zero deaths and serious injuries over the coming long weekend.

“As a community, we all need to work together and share the responsibility of road safety so that we can ultimately achieve the long-term vision of zero fatalities or serious injuries on our roads.”

The ceremony runs from 9.30am to 11.30am. There will be a free sausage sizzle and refreshments for those in attendance.

Tips for drivers this Easter

 Mobile phones – utilise handsfree options, keep your mobile phone out of reach or activate the ‘do not disturb function available on many smart phones these days’.

  • Adapt your speed for the weather, light, traffic and road conditions.
  • Buckle up when travelling in a vehicle.
  • Take a break, have a rest or if possible swap drivers. Visit one of the many operating Driver Reviverand Coffee Stop locations around WA.
  • If you are planning to drink, arrange a skipper, organise public transport or stay overnight.

*Western Australian Australian Local Government Association