The 2017 MAC Road Safety Round kicks off this weekend and will drive home the importance of road safety amongst country football clubs throughout the state.
This year’s round, an initiative of the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) in partnership with SANFL Community Football, comes at a crucial time following the death of two young country footballers on our roads in the past week.
MAC Road Safety Engagement Manager, Matt Hanton said the MAC Road Safety Round is designed to draw awareness to road safety issues and provide the opportunity for those clubs who have been impacted by road trauma to reflect and remember.
“As we have seen, as recently as last weekend, it is so important to continually re-inforce road safety messages to young, regional men who are unfortunately over represented in death and injuries on our roads.
“It really can be simple things that can save lives, like sticking to the speed limit, wearing seatbelts, and making sure you don’t drive tired or while under the influence of drugs and alcohol”, said Mr Hanton.
MAC’s involvement with SANFL Community Football, as the major partner, provides an opportunity to promote road safety to the regional South Australia, where last year 50 people died and a further 249 were seriously injured in road crashes.
Road Safety Minister Pete Malinauskas said this partnership is incredibly important in helping promote road safety to regional communities and in particular, young men.
“Less than one third of the state’s population lives outside of Adelaide, yet on average 60% of road fatalities and 50% of serious injuries occur in regional South Australia.
“With almost 70 percent of these crashes involving regional residents, it shows the heighted risk associated with country driving.
“Partnerships and initiatives such as this go a long way to help reduce death and injuries on our roads as we aim for our goal of towards zero together”, said Mr Malinauskas.
The MAC Road Safety Round, introduced in 2015, is now an annual event within the SANFL Community Football fixture.
SANFL Community Football General Manager, Matt Duldig said the MAC Road Safety Round, now in its third year, really focuses on raising awareness of road safety particularly for the country football community with many travelling long distances to play our great game.
“At SANFL we understand the importance of educating all players and volunteers involved about MAC’s road safety messages. The past weekend’s events reiterate just how important it is that everyone makes good decisions on the road.
“We thank the Motor Accident Commission for its ongoing support of Community Football and the MAC Road Safety Round”, said Mr Duldig.
The 2017 MAC Road Safety Round will be played on the weekend of 15 July 2017, or the following weekend for those with a Bye who have elected to support the initiative.
As part of the round, players will wear black armbands in memory of those affected by road trauma and a medal will be awarded to one player from each A-Grade match whose impact, based on the decisions they made, positively affected the match outcome.