Shoes foot a plan to cut road toll
LYNDAL DENNY wants to prevent more empty shoes.
The local woman who founded the road safety lobby group, COASTTOCOAST100, on Sunday will be launching in Ballina a 40-page paper proposing a 10-point road safety initiative called the Driver Survivor plan which will be delivered to the State Government.
As part of the launch, 465 pairs of shoes – men’s, women’s and children’s – will line a 500m pathway as a poignant reminder of all those who lost their lives on NSW roads last year.
One of the main points of the Driver Survivor plan, developed over 30 months with plenty of community input, is to put in place a hotline where dangerous drivers can be dobbed in, similar to the police CrimeStoppers line.
Ms Denny said police can’t patrol all 22,000km of roads in NSW.
“But motorists can,” she said.
“It needs people to realise that there are people in those shoes who had their lives stolen.
“People are ready to take control of the wheel, so to speak, and get dangerous drivers into the passenger’s seat.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
She envisages that the hotline will be linked, through software, to the police and that police would act if there were more than four reports on the same vehicle.
“It is about zero tolerance,” she said.
The launch will be held at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina from 10am, starting with a simulated road crash rescue by the Ballina SES unit and Ballina Fire Brigade.
The community is asked to donate shoes for the display. The shoes will be sold and the money raised distributed to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Rod Hannifey’s road safety campaign. Shoes can be left at Sidney and Richardson Plumbing, 67Bentinck Street.
The plan can be viewed at www.coasttocoast100.com.au