Monday May 1, 2017
The NSW Government has joined forces with the nation’s leading rugby league bodies, the National Rugby League (NRL), NSW Rugby League (NSWRL) and Country Rugby League (CRL) to announce a historic two-year partnership, in an effort to save more lives on country roads.
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP says the statistics on country road deaths and injuries are appalling.
“Someone is killed or seriously injured in a crash on our roads every 85 minutes – about the same time it takes to play an elite game of rugby league,” Tanya Davies said.
”The sad reality is that you’re five times more likely to be killed in the country than in our big cities, highlighting the fact that we have a problem in regional and country NSW and as a Government we’re committed to doing everything we can to save lives on country roads.
“When our locals go to the footy we have to make sure the action stays on the field and the sideline, not on the roads.”
This year the government will spend a record $253 million on road safety initiatives in NSW and people in the country can expect to see additional education and awareness campaigns.
The Knock-on Effect campaign talks to the harrowing effects road trauma is having on local communities, encouraging people to make smarter and safer choices behind the wheel.
NSW Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said of the 384 lives lost on NSW roads in 2016, 254 people were killed on country roads.
“Most of these fatalities involve local people – each of them causing a ‘knock-on’ effect’, leaving families and communities across our state devastated,” Mr Carlon said.
“It’s about a shared vision for the type of culture we want to develop across the community and within sport.
NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg commended the NSW Government on their increased efforts and commitment in aiming to reduce the number of road fatalities across the State.
“It is always devastating to hear of any injury or loss of life on our roads, particularly when in some cases, an accident could have been avoided,” Mr Greenberg said.
New South Wales Rugby League Chief Executive Officer, David Trodden said the partnership would enable Rugby League to be used to deliver important road safety messages, particularly throughout NSW country towns.
“Many areas in country NSW have played home to some of the game’s biggest names,” Mr Trodden said.
The ‘Knock-on’ Effect campaign gets underway next week as the NRL Country Roadshow visits schools and communities in Sydney, Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee ahead of the NRL City vs Country match in Mudgee on 7 May where the sporting partnership will be brought to life.
Players from both Country and City teams will visit schools and communities as part of the roadshow and in the lead up to the match.
For more information about the partnership and the Government’s commitment to bringing down the country road toll visit: www.theknockoneffect.com.au
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