Crash Victim's Dad Makes Emotional Plea On World Remembrance Day
As the world commemorates the 1.25 million lives lost to car accidents, the father of a crash victim has made a desperate plea to the Australian public.
Peter Frazer is the father of 23-year-old Sarah Frazer, who was killed instantly alongside a tow truck driver after a courier truck swiped her broken down car on the Hume Highway in 2012. He is one of many pleading for Australians to drive safely in honour of the millions of lives lost each year on the world’s roads.
Frazer on Sunday remembered his “beautiful” daughter as a “fantastic photographer” who “lives on in our hearts and minds” before making an emotional plea.
Joined by the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, Frazer called on the public to wear a yellow ribbon, Sarah’s favourite colour, as a sign of solidarity on the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Remembrance.
Frazer also urged Australians to remember the 1200 who died and the 35,000 who were injured on Australian roads last year, and to make a pledge to drive safely.
“When we think about the 1200 people killed that trauma is largely hidden from our community," he said.
"So this Sunday at midday we’re asking each of you to wear a yellow ribbon or tie one to your car in solidarity with all of those who lost someone on roads or highways or who have been seriously injured.”
Car break downs like Sarah’s happen 1.8 million times a year, according to the NRMA. Frazer said widening of emergency break-down lanes was essential for public safety.
The Springwood father has been rallying for improved road safety since creating the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) group to call for road safety reform.
Frazer also says that he would also like to see all vehicles to be required by law to slow down and leave space around a vehicle with flashing hazard lights on.
The call comes after a report from the Australian Automobile Association earlier this year found that in the 12 months from June 2018 Australia saw no real decrease in road fatalities compared to the corresponding period in 2017.
Millions of others joined Frazer in calling for improved road safety on Sunday in commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance, where events were held across the globe to remember the millions of lives lost on the roads.