Award recipient Michelle Davis an inspiration to us all
Transport for NSW figures put the death toll on our state’s roads for 2013 at 339.
This was slightly lower than the 369 people who died on our roads theprevious year.
For the most part deaths on the state’s roads have dropped gradually in the past 10 years and substantially so since the 1980s when about 1000 lost their lives each year.
What this tells us is that majorsafety initiatives, improved roads, stronger policing and better education of young drivers have had a major impact on the way we drive.
At the front of that educationcampaign is Maitland woman Michelle Davis, who tragically lost two sons in a motor vehicle accident not far from their Morpeth home in 2005.
Since then Ms Davis has been the driving force behind ROADwhyz, a program designed to deliver apowerful road safety message to school students.
Ms Davis and emergency services personnel speak to the students, which helps place them at the scene of some horrific crashes.
“I get upset and the kids get upset and that’s the reality of it,” Ms Davis said. “I think the message works because it’s so honest.”
And with the state’s road figures on the decline each year it’s clear thatprograms such as ROADwhyz areplaying their part.
That’s why it was pleasing to see Ms Davis honoured this week as Maitland Woman of the Year
Maitland MP Robyn Parker was high in her praise for Ms Davis, saying she “is an inspirational woman to so many.”
Congratulations Ms Davis, you are a deserving recipient of one of our city’s highest honours.
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