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Here's Why Australian Landmarks Are Turning Yellow This Week

Across the country, landmarks are turning yellow to shine a light on a problem on our roads.

National Road Safety Week has begun, hoping to raise awareness about the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce crashes.

It is an annual initiative by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, that runs concurrently with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.

SARAH works with road safety organisations, emergency services and state and federal governments to develop strategies to reduce traffic fatalities.

Every night between May 6 and 12, landmarks will be bathed in yellow lights in honour of the 1176 people who lost their lives on Australian roads in the last 12 months.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Melbourne Town Hall, Queensland's Parliament House Perth's Optus Stadium are just a few of the landmarks that will be lit up over the week.

Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne. Image: Victoria Road Trauma Support Services

In Australia, traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in children under 15 and the second biggest killer of people aged between 15 and 24, SARAH said.

Last year, 370 people died on NSW roads.

"That is that many family, friends, and others, all directly impacted by road trauma," NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.

Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image: SARAH Group

"Then take a moment to consider the police, ambulance paramedics, fire rescue personnel, volunteer emergency personnel, and medical staff, who have had to deal with such tragedies on our roads.

“Police and partner agencies across Australia are all focused on road safety, through education, engagement, enforcement, and treatment. It is time for road users to consider their behaviour on our roads and help us drive down the road toll.”

But it is in Victoria this year where the statistics are truly horrifying.

The number of lives lost on Victorian roads in the first four months of this year is already more than double the entire road toll in 2018.

A total of 111 people have so far died on Victorian roads, after the state boasted the lowest death toll in more than three decades last year, with 74 deaths.

It’s a reminder that there’s no room for complacency.

“We are deeply concerned about the heartbreaking start to the year on our roads and one of our biggest concerns is the disproportionate number of deaths in regional areas," Transport Accident Commission Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore said.

South Australia is also seeing a rise in road fatalities, with 43 this year -- which is 14 more than the average number at the same of the year.

It's not just landmarks that are turning yellow in remembrance, yellow ribbon will also adorn emergency vehicles as well.

These yellow ribbons can also be purchased by all road users to pledge to drive safely and help reduce the number of deaths on our roads.A