The City of Rockingham has joined forces with a local primary school to spread the message of road safety during the school holidays.
The City held its annual Blessing of the Roads ceremony at Rivergums Primary School in Baldivis on Thursday 6 April. The Blessing of the Roads is a symbolic gesture which was this year performed by local Pastor Johan De Swardt and attended by police and emergency services representatives. It aims to remind us all that we have a collective responsibility for ensuring road safety during the school holidays, particularly on the Easter long weekend.
City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin appealed to drivers to take care on the roads during the holidays and be aware of increased traffic around the Easter long weekend.
“Easter is a special time for many of us but it is also one of the worst periods for fatalities on WA roads. 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,” she said.
“No one wants to remember these holidays 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.”
Deputy Mayor Hamblin said Rivergums Primary School had a strong focus on promoting road safety and the City had been working closely with it - and other schools throughout Rockingham - to educate parents and children about road safety issues such as congestion and parking.
“Road safety is something we need to consider not only when we are preparing for a long trip, but every day when we get behind the wheel to go to work or take the kids to school,” she said. “It is fantastic to see schools such as Rivergums Primary School taking such an active role in promoting road safety and helping to save lives.”
Above: City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin, Councillor Matthew Whitfield and Rivergums Primary School Principal Josh Jashari (centre) with officers from St John Ambulance and Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service at the City’s Blessing of the Roads Ceremony.
Blessing of the Roads
O Lord our God; we know that all people are precious in your sight and that you would not want any of your dear ones to be hurt in any way. And so we seek your blessing upon our roads this Easter and school holiday period, asking for your protection and your guidance as many of our citizens and their families make their journey afar to enjoy this holiday period.
Instil in us all Father, the virtue of patience, understanding and common sense, praying that we may all drive with due care and regard for our fellow-road-users, and we ask you to bring us all home again in your peace without death, injury or trauma.
We dedicate our police men and women who will be seeking to ensure a death and injury free Easter and school holiday period. Travel with them and keep them ever vigilant and alert in their care of us all, that they may provide safety and security for all who travel at this time.
Keep us always mindful of our sense of responsibility and fair play for others who care to share the roads of this State, particularly on country roads and unfamiliar road surfaces.
Accept this, our dedication and our strong determination to make this Easter period death and injury free for all West Australians and those who may visit our state at this time.
And so Father, we bless these roads and all the roads of our state in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.