Shine a Light on Road Safety 2018 campaign

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria’s annual walk to raise awareness of the need for safer speeds on our roads is at Albert Park Lake on Sunday 6 May #shinealightonroadsafety.

The Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign aims to bring the community together to advocate for safer roads and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma.

“Everyone is invited to come and walk with us,” said Cameron Sinclair, chief executive officer of Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV).

“As a community, it is vital that we share the responsibility for stopping the deaths and injuries on our roads,” Mr Sinclair said.

“We must also come together in support of the people in our midst who live with the reality of road trauma, be they bereaved family members and friends, the injured, drivers involved in road crashes, emergency service workers and witnesses.

“The road toll reaches far beyond the number of deaths and injuries counted each year.”

Mr Sinclair said the community organisation had experienced a 500 per cent increase in people using its services over the last four years partly due to the tragic events in Bourke Street in January 2017.

“It might take days, weeks or even months before people impacted by road trauma realise they may need some help,” Mr Sinclair said.

The community walk starts the week-long Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign. Some Australian landmark buildings will be illuminated in yellow, as part of the National Road Safety Week and on Friday 4 May motorists will be invited to turn on their headlights in support.

The Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign has the support of the Victorian Government, the TAC, VicRoads and Victoria Police.

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria offers free information, support and counselling to anyone impacted by a road collision 1300 367 797 | www.rtssv.org.au

Media contact details:
Bronwyn Saville
bronwyn.saville@rtssv.org.au
Mobile: 0400 335 004

 Shine a Light on Road Safety

We all share a responsibility to stop the deaths and injuries on our roads. Road Trauma Support Services Victoria’s Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign raises awareness of the need to slow down and take care, and raises funds to help people impacted by road trauma. #shinealightonroadsafety.

Friday 4 May: turn on your headlights in support of road safety and to recognise all people impacted by road trauma.

Sunday 6 May: join a community walk at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne, to advocate for safer roads.

Illuminations

Australian landmarks will be illuminated in yellow to Shine a Light on Road Safety from Monday 30 April to Sunday 6 May as part of National Road Safety Week. Thanks to the support of key partners, including the Victorian Government, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), VicRoads, Victoria Police and campaign sponsors.

Our campaign messages

  • Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.
  • We need to speak out against road trauma.
  • RTSSV’s counselling and support services are available free and for an unlimited time to anyone impacted by road trauma.

Our organisation

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation contributing to the safety and wellbeing of Victorian road users. We provide counselling and support to people impacted by road trauma and address attitudes and behaviours of road users through education. We are committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives. We do this in part by sharing personal stories about road trauma.

Shine a Light on Road Safety

Shine a Light on Road Safety

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On Friday 6 May 2016 Road Trauma Support Services Victoria’s (RTSSV) is encouraging all Victorians to turn on their headlights on to Shine a Light on Road Safety.

Turning on your headlights is a simple, free and highly visible gesture, to remember those impacted by road trauma and show your commitment to road safety.

The campaign is supported by key road safety agencies including Victoria Police, VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

For the first week of May at night the following will be illuminated in yellow to Shine a Light on Road Safety: Parliament HouseBolte Bridge,The Art Centre SpireVictorian State LibraryAAMI ParkThe Carousel GeelongMelbourne StarBox Hill Town Hall,  and the Ballarat Town Hall

The campaign is to raise awareness, to stop deaths and injuries on our roads and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma: #shinealightonroadsafety.

Cameron Sinclair, RTSSV Chief Executive, said: “When crashes occur the consequences can be tragic and horrific – people die and are badly injured, lives are changed forever. At RTSSV we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road trauma. We can all play a part in promoting safe road usage and help stop the senseless loss of lives on Victoria’s roads. Every Victorian should take their responsibility on the roads seriously. Whether as a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, we all have a role to play.”

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer, Victoria Police added his support, saying “Road trauma continues to have a devastating impact on the whole community. We can all play a role in reducing road trauma by shining a light on dangerous behaviours and highlighting ways our friends and family can keep themselves safe.”

We all use our roads to move around and connect with other people. Let’s work as a community to keep everyone safe. Together we can all shine a very bright light on road safety, and how important it is to us.

Media contact details:
1300 367 797
bronwyn.saville@rtssv.org.au

 

RTSSV is the official charity partner for the Wilson Security Sandown 500

RTSSV is the official charity partner for the Wilson Security Sandown 500

image_03RTSSV recognises the importance motor racing has in the Australian community and we’ve been fortunate to be selected as the official charity partner for the V8 Supercars at the Wilson Security Sandown 500  from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September 2015.

Through this partnership we hope to directly engage with a large diverse community of motoring enthusiasts.

The partnership with the V8 Supercars offers:

  • a face-to-face presence with the motor racing community
  • improved community awareness of our services
  • an opportunity to share key road safety messages
  • fundraising opportunities

RTSSV supports motor racing only within a controlled environment. V8 Supercars embody a safe systems approach including:

  • V8 Supercars vehicles are safe and fit for purpose
  • Vehicular design and engineering provide non standardised levels of protection for drivers such as roll cages and five-point seatbelt
  • Drivers are equipped with safety clothing including fire retardant materials and head and neck protection
  • High speed driving is contained and isolated on a safely engineered track
  • Drivers are licenced by the peak body Confederation of Australian Motorsport
  • Unidirectional driving contains the risk of head on, side and cross road impacts

All media enquiries are to be directed to Bronwyn Saville, Marketing, Media and Communications Coordinator 1300 367 797 or bronwyn.saville@rtssv.org.au

RTSS Named RACV Community Partner – January 2010

It is with great excitement that RTSS announces it has been named a RACV Community Partner for 2010.

The project is titled “A Warm Embrace” and its objective is to pilot innovative support and counselling options for people suffering grief and trauma reactions due to road trauma. The project will target geographical, cultural and generational gaps to increase accessibility of support for those impacted by road trauma in outer metropolitan and regional areas

Currently counselling services are presently offered face to face from our Blackburn head office, and by telephone statewide. Whilst we are a statewide service, our face to face counselling service is difficult to access for clients from rural areas as well as for people from more distant parts of greater metropolitan Melbourne. The RACV funding allows for the trial of face-to-face support in other metro and regional areas.

As a complement to the professional counselling, individual and group based peer support is also offered. Availability of this aspect of our service is also limited for many in rural and outer metro areas, due to distance and accessibility. The project will explore what support options, such as internet platforms, maybe of help to our clients.

At the conclusion of the project RTSSV will be much better placed for future planning and have clear indications as to the likely viability of specific client care and support options.

These innovative forms of care and support will help to ease the burden of mental suffering for road trauma victims, provide information and education about grief and trauma reactions, and provide amenable and accessible options in terms of individual and group based support.

Our sincere thanks to all at the RACV for their support of the “A Warm Embrace” Project.