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This week is National Road Safety Week, a time to reflect on the impact of trauma on our roads and encourage everyone to drive safe.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said this week was an opportunity to honour and remember the lives lost on Gippsland roads each year and those that are seriously injured.

“It’s an opportunity to focus on how we can continue to work together to ensure everyone gets home safely to their loved ones,” Mr Chester said.

“Each and every one of us has a role to play in helping to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads.

“By driving to conditions, driving to the speed limit and removing distractions we can prevent deaths on Gippsland roads.”

Mr Chester said over the past decade, he had secured record funding from the Federal Government for new overtaking lanes, road shoulders, rest areas and intersection improvements across the region.

“There’s always more to be done and road safety is everyone’s responsibility,” Mr Chester said.

“I’ve been pleased to secure $252.6 million in Federal Government funding to get the final two sections of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale finished.

“This project will change lives and save lives. It will improve road safety and reduce time travels for all road users.”

Mr Chester said sadly, every year, approximately 1200 people are killed and another 44,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads.

“Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged 15-24,” Mr Chester said.

“You can make the pledge to drive so others survive.

“I encourage all Gippslanders to get involved in this year’s National Road Safety Week and reflect on how you can play your part in helping to save lives on our roads.”

For more information on National Road Safety Week and how to get involved, visit www.roadsafetyweek.com.au

More information on Australian Government road safety initiatives is available at www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.

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