Blessing for Local Roads this Easter

14/03/2016

With many City of Rockingham residents heading off on holidays for Easter, local roads will be blessed in a special local ceremony to be held on Friday 18 March at 11am at the City of Rockingham Administration Building.

Open to everyone, the blessing will be conducted by a local spiritual leader. A symbolic gesture, the blessing reminds us all that we have a collective responsibility for ensuring road safety this Easter long weekend.  There will be the opportunity to place a white cross in the grass as a sign of remembrance of a loved one lost in a road accident or for people wishing to bestow a blessing on a loved one this Easter. 
 
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels said that Easter was a special time of the year for many, and an important time to spend with family and friends and remember the important things in life; including travelling safely on our roads:
 
“The Blessing of the Roads campaign gives us the opportunity to promote the importance of road safety in the lead up to the Easter long weekend and school holidays.  
 
“Road safety is a shared responsibility, and given that everyone has a role to play, the Blessing of the Roads campaign is one of the ways the City is making a contribution in the hope of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
 
“No one wants to remember this Easter for tragic reasons so I urge you all take road safety seriously, no matter how far you travel this weekend.
 
“Plan ahead, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination, switch drivers if you’re on a long journey or ensure you take a rest break.
 
“Remember to be patient and tolerant of other road users and traffic delays. Slow down, do not drink and drive, wear a seatbelt, ensure children are properly restrained, and turn off your mobile phone to avoid being distracted while driving.”
 
More Information
For community members to find out more about the Blessing of the Roads initiative, telephone, Community Development Officer (Community Safety) Jenna Bowler on 9528 0333 or email: customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au or visit www.roadwise.asn.au.

Please direct media enquiries to media@rockingham.wa.gov.au

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