Springwood father Peter Frazer has been recognised for 10 years of road safety campaigning.
Founder and president of Safer Australian Roads And Highways (SARAH), Peter Frazer, has been honoured with the region's premier road safety award, the 2021 Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship*.
The award was given for his outstanding road safety advocacy across a lost decade of birthdays - those 10 missed birthdays since his daughter Sarah died in a road crash in February 2012. She was just 23.
Mr Frazer called the moment "incredibly bittersweet".
"Last week would have been Sarah's 33rd birthday, the 10th our family has marked as we travel forward through life without Sarah by our side.
'I am deeply honoured to receive this award, marking both a refreshed decade of action for road safety as well as a decade without Sarah.
"To stand alongside some of our world's most eminent road safety leaders, many of whom I am now fortunate to call both colleagues and friends, truly astounds me. Their work, and the work of so many SARAH partners, has kept the passion burning within me to save others from never-ending ripple effects that continue to impact our family so deeply."
The SARAH Group founded Australia's National Road Safety Week, an annual event supported by hundreds of organisations nation-wide, with the SARAH Yellow Ribbon synonymous with the event. Advocacy from the group was instrumental in the implementation of Sarah's Rule legislation, which improves the safety of roadside workers including tow truck operators, breakdown assistance workers, and emergency service workers.
Chair of Australia's Joint Select Committee on Road Safety, MP Darren Chester, said Peter "has had the courage to turn his family's personal adversity into a mission to help prevent others from experiencing the same loss. I greatly respect Peter's advice on road safety policy initiatives".
Mr Frazer is also having a tilt at local government. Former Liberal Mayor, Cr Daniel Myles, enlisted the well-known local and national safety campaigner to be his number two on his Independent ticket for the upcoming Mountains council elections in December.
- The fellowship is recognised as the Australasian road safety community's highest honour, recognising an individual for their outstanding commitment and effectiveness in their efforts to reduce road trauma. The Australasian College of Road Safety first instituted the award of College Fellow in 1991.