Driving home the road safety message to save lives


John Maher lost his 18-year-old daughter Carmen when she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree in Central Victoria 20-years-ago.

After her death, he decided that there needed to be a message behind his family’s heartbreak.

For the past 18 years, he has travelled to schools across Victoria to share Carmen’s story and warn students about the devastating impact of road trauma.

John says he wants to use Carmen’s story to help other families and young drivers avoid the same experience.

Now a passionate road safety campaigner, John Maher wants all road users to accept responsibility for how they use the roads.

“I don’t want another parent to have to a live the life that we live, and that’s a life without your child due to a car crash,” Mr Maher said.

He says roads are the biggest killer in Australia, with more than 250 people killed on Victorian roads in 2015.

“I’d like to see people respect the roads, other road users and drive with safety because that’s what will save lives, “ he said.

To raise awareness about the effects of road safety, a SafeTplus conference will be held with a focus on road and workplace safety and culture.

The event will be held on March 23 between 9am and 1pm at The Foothills Conference Centre in Mooroolbark.

Road safety advocate John Maher will speak at the event and reveal his personal story of living with road trauma and death.

He will also discuss the effects of driver fatigue and how as a society we can change the behaviours of road users.

SafeTplus’s Gary Tobin will address driving safety in the workplace and how to implement a risk adverse safety culture into a company’s culture.

Bully Zero CEO Oscar Yildiz will speak about the effects of workplace bullying on employees and how to encourage a positive workplace culture.

“The costs of workplace bullying to the Australian economy is $33 billion dollars per year and the best way to prevent it is through education,” Mr Yildiz said.

Mr Yildiz said the charity is proud to be associated with the event and hopes that the conference will encourage a zero tolerance to workplace bullying.

Jim Penman will open and close the Event.

He is the founder and CEO of The Jim’s Group.

Tickets are $79 including a light lunch with all proceeds going to the anti-bullying foundation Bully Zero.

For all ticket enquiries contact Diana Lipec at Bully Zero Australia on (03) 9094 3718 – all proceeds from ticket sales will go direct to the foundation.

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