It is National Road Safety Week from 15-21 November: which brings focus to how every road user can help to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads.
More than 1,200 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents in Australia every year and a further 44,000 people are seriously injured.
Almost all of us come into contact with the road in some way every day, whether driving, riding a bicycle or walking over a pedestrian crossing. We all have the right for safe use of our roads and to arrive home safely.
This week focuses on simple strategies to increase our safety on the road.
Remove distractions: Never use a mobile phone or other portable electronic device when driving. Always keep your eyes on the road.
Avoid risky behaviours: Do not put people at risk by speeding, driving tired or under the influence of alcohol and other substances.
Talk to people about road safety: Think about how you can reduce your risk as a driver for your own and the safety of other people who interact with the road.
We pledge to drive, so others can survive
It is important to consider the impact your health or a medical condition may have on driving. Since 2008, Western Australia implemented the mandatory reporting of long term or permanent medical conditions that may impair ability to drive.
Talk to your doctor about your medical condition and driving. You can report a medical condition to the Department of Transport online by following this link https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/report-a-medical-condition.asp or call 1300 852 722.
Indigo provides Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments to determine whether a person’s medical condition is impacting their safety to drive.
Indigo provides driving rehabilitation to assist people to safely return to driving after a serious injury or medical condition, including the use of vehicle modifications.
We also provide specialised driving lessons to people with a disability who are learning to drive, to assist with developing safe driving skill in a supportive environment.
Information on West Australian mandatory reporting of medical conditions can be found here FAQ-Mandatory Reporting