Dozens of empty shoes have been laid out outside St Georges Cathedral in a display marking the impact of road trauma in WA.
The shoes represented the men, women, children, drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who died on WA roads in 2018 in accidents.
Each pair of shoes symbolised an individual, family member, friend or work colleague, designed to remind Western Australians to share the roads responsibly.
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts, who visited the display, said it was a clear message to road users to stay safe on the roads.
She said it was particularly important
“As we head into a busy time on our roads, I urge all Western Australians to pause and take a moment to remember the lives we have lost in road crashes so far this year,” Ms Roberts said.
Western Australians will receive another reminder of their responsibilities on the road during the holiday period, when the second phase of the State Government’s ‘We’re watching you’ campaign begins on December 2.
The campaign will focus on drink driving in the lead up to the holiday season, warning drink-drivers they will be caught if they take the risk.
Ms Roberts said drivers needed to remember to stay safe on the roads during the holidays.
“This display of empty shoes at St George’s Cathedral is a powerful reminder of all of those who won’t be celebrating Christmas or the New Year with their families,” she said.
“I urge every driver these holidays to keep that image in their minds. Those shoes could be yours, your child’s, your parent’s or your friend’s.”
“For those on long trips, take regular breaks, don’t drive tired and remember there will be a big police presence on our roads.”