Road Safety Week 2023

Published on 12 May 2023

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As part of National Road Safety Week (14-21 May), Council is hosting a series of special events for families.

Road trauma can have a devastating and long lasting impact on everyone involved. Each year, more than 1200 lives are lost in road crashes across Australia and more than 44,000 people are seriously injured.

In 2021 alone, 76 people were killed or injured locally on Mid-Western Region roads.

To embrace road safety messages with our local children, special road safety story time sessions, rhymes and craft activities will be held at Mudgee, Kandos and Gulgong Libraries from 15 to 19 May.

Story time will be run by Louise Cosgrove from Kids and Traffic, an early childhood road safety education program in partnership with Transport for NSW and Macquarie University and may include a visit from local police officers.

The Circle of Stories story time program for Road Safety Week is:

  • Monday 15 May at 9.30am, Gulgong Library
  • Wednesday 17 May at 10am and 11am at Mudgee Library
  • Thursday 18 May at 10am and 11am at Mudgee Library
  • Friday 19 May at 10am at Kandos Library

Spaces are limited so book early on Council’s website.

“Council, along with other road safety organisations and government agencies, is committed to improving road safety in the region and making a pledge to road safety,” Council’s Road Safety Officer, Samantha Cecchini said.

“The pledge asks you to drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead. It includes not using your mobile phone while driving, slowing down, not driving tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and protecting vulnerable road users by giving them the space they need to be safe.

“You too can make this pledge to road safety by visiting the National Road Safety Week website at”

The colour yellow is associated with National Road Safety Week and you may see people wearing yellow ribbons or yellow stickers on Council’s fleet of vehicles. Displaying and wearing yellow ribbons both honours those we have lost and reminds us all to drive safely.

National Road Safety Week is supported by Mid-Western Regional Council, Transport for NSW and Mudgee Highway Patrol.

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group in memory of Sarah Frazer who was killed alongside a tow truck driver in the emergency lane of a New South Wales highway in 2012.