On 15 February 2012, Peter’s daughter Sarah was killed in a completely avoidable crash on the Hume Freeway NSW. As a direct consequence, he has dedicated his life to improving road safety. In addition to his national work, Peter is a Board Member of the International Road Victim Partnership, and through Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), the Global Alliance for Road Safety. Peter is the creator and driving force behind both National Road Safety Week, as well as what has become Australia’s road safety symbol, the “Yellow Ribbon”.
His more than 40 years’ experience in social justice advocacy, policy, research, law enforcement and intelligence has enabled him to positively influence government, corporate and community road safety advocacy, as well as legislative and infrastructure reform. He is a nationally and internationally recognised keynote speaker.
Peter has received a numerous personal honours including 2013 Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year, 2014 Finalist - NSW Local Hero (NewsCorp), 2015 Community Service Achievement Award (Western Sydney University), 2018 Australian Volunteer of the Year (Third Sector), 2019 Australian of the Year (NSW Finalist), while in September 2020, Peter became a Winston Churchill Fellow