Hobart Weekly News

hobart weekly news I TUESDAY, 14 MAY, 2024 3 National Road Safety Week launched on May 5 with Tasmania Police reaffirming its commitment to reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our roads. Assistant Commissioner Adrian Bodnar said eight lives have already been lost on Tasmanian roads this year and more than 114 people have suffered serious injuries in crashes. “We cannot overlook the devastating impact of these crashes on our communities,” he said. “During National Road Safety Week Tasmania Police will play an active role in promoting road safety through targeted enforcement activities and community engagement initiatives. “Every life lost and every injury sustained on our roads is a tragic reminder of the importance of road safety and our goal is to prevent crashes and ensure that everyone on the road is following the rules. “Collaboration between police and the community is essential to keeping our roads safe and members of the public are encouraged to contact us if they witness reckless driving, hooning behaviour or other driving offences.” More than 114 serious injuries As part of National Road Safety Week in Tasmania, the life-like sculpture known as ‘Graham’ is on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and will stay there for three months to help get the road safety message across. In 2016, Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission partnered with a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and internationally renowned Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini to create a lifelike sculpture that shows what humans might look like if we were built to survive on our roads. Graham is designed to survive crashes, highlight human vulnerability and encourage visitors to think differently about road safety. During National Road Safety Week (NRSW) Tassie landmarks have been lit up yellow, including the Bridge of Remembrance, the Aquatic Centre, Hobart City Council buildings and the Tasman Bridge.