The Future of Road Safety

Speed remains in the top four factors in WA crashes. If dropping just 10km in some areas saved 159 lives, wouldn’t a few extra minutes in the car be worth it?

The Road Safety Council released the Imagine Zero Consultation Paper this month for community feedback.

Among many safety suggestions, the suggestion creating the most controversy is one where speed limits on some urban roads would drop by 10km/h. Freeways and major highways would remain as they are, however smaller and residential roads, currently 50km/h, would instead be 40km/h areas.

The paper notes that speed was a contributing factor in 18 per cent of the fatalities or serious injuries over the last decade. While the number of deaths on WA roads is steadily reducing, every single death is an avoidable tragedy.

Consider the impact of road trauma on your family and your friends. What changes are you prepared to support to help make our roads safe? Why not this one?

Injury Matters supports every effort suggested in this paper to reduce road trauma and injury in WA.

Speed remains in the top four behavioural factors WA in road crashes. If dropping just 10km in some areas saved 159 lives, the number of people who died on our roads in 2018, wouldn’t a few extra minutes in the car be worth it?

We think so.

The Road Safety Commission wants your perspective on road safety before it drafts a new strategy for the State Government to consider. This community consultation is your opportunity to make a difference.

You can have your say by:

  • taking part in community forums;
  • completing the Consultation Feedback Form;
  • completing the consultation feedback map and more.

Please read the Consultation Paper, watch the Safe System explanation, and have your say at

If you or someone you know has been affected by a road crash, contact Road Trauma Support WA information and support on 1300 004 814 or

National Road Safety Week 2018 comes to a close

Perth was chosen to be this year’s host city for the 2018 National Road Safety Week, which began five years ago and is an initiative of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) founder and president Peter Frazer.

Peter lost his daughter Sarah in an horrific road crash in 2012 just as she was on her way to begin her university studies at a neighbouring university and to start a new chapter in her life at the age of 23.

Sarah had experienced car trouble on the way to her first day of university and had been forced to pull over to the emergency lane and to call and wait for a tow truck to provide assistance. Sadly both Sarah and the tow truck driver were killed instantly when a truck, which failed to see and avoid them, ploughed into them both killing them instantly.

Peter later discovered that the emergency lane on that stretch of road did not meet national safety guidelines and has become a tireless campaigner for road safety, marking the start of a journey neither he nor his wife had ever wanted to take.

The campaign launch was held at Perth’s newly opened Yagan Square on Sunday April 29 and was officially marked by WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts and acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron, leading road safety figures from across WA, community members and the Road Trauma Support WA team.

The week highlighted the safety needs of different road users and groups throughout the week, focusing on first responders, roadside assistance workers, vulnerable road users, those on regional roads as well as cyclists and motorcyclists.

It also incorporated a research forum which brought together those involved in enforcement, legislation, protection, research and support, looking at the latest trends and evidence around road safety and mapping out ways to work together moving forward.

Although the profile and impact of National Road Safety Week continues to grow each year and to resonate with communities across Australia, the reality is that despite education, advocacy, legislation and enforcement, the number of those killed and injured on our roads continues to grow. And with that the number of families and community members who are left devastated in its wake.

Governments across the world continue to call for tougher penalties for those who break the law on our roads, and although the vast majority abide by those laws, there are still those who don’t – putting themselves and others at risk.

Road Safety experts also referred to those who aren’t drinking and driving, who aren’t speeding and who are routinely wearing their seatbelts, but who make momentary mistakes that will impact them and those around them for the rest of their lives.

The Road Trauma Support WA team would like to thank Peter Frazer and the SARAH group for all of their hard work, the WA Road Safety Commission team who coordinated the event nationally from Perth, WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Michelle Roberts and all those across Australia who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the events of the past week happen.

As we reflect on the events of the past week, which have successfully put road safety in the national spotlight, lets pause to remember all of those who are struggling in the wake of road trauma.

If you, a friend, family member or colleague has been impacted by road trauma would like further information or support it is available at

Injury Matters Submission to National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry 2011-2020

On 8 September the Australian Government announced an inquiry in to the national Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020.

Despite efforts to improve road safety and driver behaviour, road fatalities and critical injuries remain a serious problem in Western Australia. The physical impact as well as mental heath outcomes of individuals and communities affected by road crashes can be long lasting. Injury Matters provides much needed high quality mental health support services for people who have been affected by a road trauma through the Road Trauma Support WA service.

Injury Matters’ submission to the inquiry can be read here.

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia lets regional and remote WA know that help is out there for those in need

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia joined the Road Trauma Support team in Bunbury on Thursday May 9 for a specially tailored grief trauma and loss workshop for emergency services personnel in the region.

The day long session was designed to assist those on the front line both professionally and personally to support themselves and others when dealing with grief and trauma.

Mr Papalia introduced the session and spoke of his own experence as a police officer working in the field and the challenges that emergency services personnel face every day. To read more click here.

Join us to promote the Shine a Light on Road Safety Campaign from May 8 to 14 2017

Road Trauma Support WA, and ICCWA will again join other leading road safety organisations across WA, Australia and the world to promote the annual Shine a Light on Road Safety Week campaign which is held during global Road Safety Week from May 8 to 14 2017.

This year the focus is on speed and on reminding drivers to slow down to prevent injuries and deaths on our roads.

For further information about how you and your organisation can get involved in the campaign please click here.

Program Update: Road Trauma Support WA Summer 2016

On Sunday 20th November 2016, Road Trauma Support WA held a commemorative event for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, to remember the millions killed and injured on our roads across the globe. It is also a day on which we pause to thank our emergency service personnel for the amazing work they do and to reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities, organisations and governments at all levels.

We were honoured to have many distinguished attendees who also recognise the importance of supporting all of those affected by Road Trauma and the people who work alongside them.

Deputy Premier, The Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, Ms Teresa Williams Director of Governance and Finance at the Road Safety Commission, Dr Sudhakar Rao Director of Trauma Services at Royal Perth Hospital and Patron of Road Trauma Support WA, Bev Abela Volunteer Educator at Road Trauma Support, Janet Augustinsen Multi faith officer from Curtin University and most importantly our clients and their families who have all been affected by road trauma in some way.

Road Trauma Support WA has held this this event each year since its inception in 2014 and we would like to thank all of those who took the time to come together at this very special event and to wish them a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Road Trauma Support WA commemorates the 2016 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Fremantle

Road Trauma Support WA commemorates the 2016 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Fremantle

Road Trauma Support WA marked the World Day of Remembrance (WDR) for Road Traffic Victims at Fremantle Sailing Club on Sunday November 20.

The event has been marked across the globe each year on the third Sunday in November to remember the millions killed and injured on our roads each year, together with their friends, families and loved ones and the many others impacted by road trauma across WA.

It is also a day in which we thank the emergency service personnel who attend incidences of road trauma each and every day in the course of their day-to-day working lives and recognise the incredibly challenging work that they do and the impact it has on them both professionally and personally.

Road Trauma Support WA Manager, Sandy Lukjanowski , was joined by WA Minister for Police and Road Safety, the Hon Liza Harvey MLA, RTSWA patron and Director of Trauma at Royal Perth Hospital, Dr Sudhakar Rao and Road Safety Commission WA Director of Governance, Teresa Williams, to mark the occasion with clients and their families and friends, key stakeholders, staff and the broader community.

Ms Lukjanowski said the impact of road trauma was far reaching and often violent, traumatic and instantaneous, causing a ripple effect across both suburban and regional communities throughout WA.

“All too often the victims are young and in almost all of the cases where lives are lost or shattered, these crashes can be prevented,” Ms Lukjanowski commented.

“The impact is long lasting and often permanent and sadly each year, hundreds of families are added to the list of those whose lives have been irreparably changed in a single instant.”

So far this year (*) 161 people, 101 from regional WA, have lost their lives on WA roads, up from 136 at the same time last year, a trend which is sadly being reflected across Australia and the world.

“This special day highlights the loss and suffering of the many thousands impacted each year as well as the social and economic cost of road trauma,” Ms Lukjanowski added.

In addition to addresses from the Minister for Police and Road Safety and the Road Safety Commission, those gathered were moved to hear a personal reflection from one of RTSWA’s clients as well as a musical performance and minute’s silence.