Footy clubs to help boot unsafe driving

12 March 2021

New apparel and on-field branding will help local football clubs drive home road safety messages in Aboriginal communities.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Transport for NSW, Good Sports and local clubs with a high representation of Aboriginal people were engaging with communities across northern NSW to develop a practical initiative to tackle road trauma.

“Aboriginal people are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a crash compared with non-Aboriginal people – and initiatives like this are seeking to change that by driving home road safety messages,” Mr Toole said.

“Footy clubs are a huge part of the social fabric of our regional communities, so to have them get behind our road safety message as we work to build a safer, stronger regional NSW is a big win.”

Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said in partnership with Good Sports affiliated rugby league clubs in the local Group 3 competition, Transport for NSW was working to strengthen key road safety messages.

“Local teams have received road safety branded T-shirts, hoodies and on-field equipment to help spread the word about making the right decisions before getting behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking,” Mr Franklin said.

“This will encourage these teams, their families and their friends to talk about the importance of road safety and to get home safely at the end of the day by not driving while tired, staying under the speed limit and never getting behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.”

Transport for NSW promotional resources have been provided to the Macleay Valley Mustangs, the South Grafton Rebels, Northern United in Lismore, Ballina Seagulls, Ashfield Roosters, Casino Cougars and Lower Clarence Magpies through the Community Road Safety Fund, which sees any money generated from speed, red light or mobile phone detection cameras redirected into road safety programs.

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