The stories below are the personal experiences of people who have experienced road trauma. They share their stories in the hope of helping and supporting others and changing the attitudes and behaviours of road users.
These personal stories provide a first-hand look at road trauma and its ripple effect on the community.
“I made a fateful decision and one that would change my life forever when I decided to drive home. Alcohol had completely impaired my judgement and my ability to make the correct decision.”
“I feel very rewarded and proud of the RTSSV program and the effects I have seen it have on participants.”
“The shock of witnessing such a horrific scene and the death of the most important person in my life, and the images that go with it, have always been with me.”
“My name is Chris Latimer, and I am a mother of four children who have all been affected by road trauma.”
“We learnt to wear masks that said, “we’re OK” when we really weren’t.”
“I am learning to cut myself some slack these days and realise that courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”
“My role with RTSSV as the Regional Coordinator for the North West Metro Region commenced in May 2014.”
“I would also like to see a specific counselling service offered to people who lose a sibling in a road crash.”
“As a member of a CFA brigade that undertakes road rescue, I saw the importance of trying to push the road safety message out to the community.”
“For some, my story will challenge their beliefs, values and judgements. But for others, it’s the first time someone just understands.”