Hundreds walk to support road safety

Hundreds of Victorians have gathered at Albert Park Lake today to remember Victorians who have lost their lives on our roads, and support people impacted by road trauma.

The annual Shine A Light on Road Safety walk sees more than 400 people walk five kilometres around Albert Park Lake each year to raise money for road trauma support and honour Victorian lives that have been affected by road trauma.

Already this year, 80 people have died on Victoria’s roads – and hundreds more lives have been changed forever. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, supported by the Transport Accident Commission, plays a vital role in supporting Victorians whose lives have been profoundly affected by road trauma get back on track.

The organisation offers free counselling services to more than 1800 people who have either been injured on our roads, lost a loved one or been impacted by road trauma in other ways, as well as running education sessions to more than 3,000 people across the state each year to help prevent road trauma.

The walk will be followed by events later this month to mark National Road Safety Week, from May 16 to 23 – when iconic landmarks across Melbourne and Victoria, as well as the state’s road safety memorial in Geelong, will shine bright in yellow.

Victorian motorists will also be asked to turn their headlights on while driving on Friday, May 21, to show their commitment to practising good road safety habits. 

For more information about RTSSV and the Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign, visit the Road Trauma Support Services website.