Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, is urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive the road toll down Towards Zero on the Hunter’s roads.
Of the 384 lives lost on NSW roads last year, 73 were from the Hunter region. This is 14 more fatalities than in 2015 where 59 people were killed and 1,357 people seriously injured in the Hunter region.
“We must remember that these are not just numbers, they are members of our community –friends and loved ones lost to their families forever or seriously injured, some with life long impacts,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Last year’s 2016 Easter road toll saw two fatalities on NSW roads and this year our goal is zero.”
“Sadly, many of us have, or will, at some stage in our lives, experience the devastating effects of road trauma and at a time where there are more people than usual using the roads we must endeavour to stay safe.”
The NSW Government has also announced that in addition to targeted Police enforcement to deter dangerous behaviour such as speed, drink-driving and non-seat belt use, people can expect to see more education and awareness campaigns in high-risk locations over the Easter break.
“There’s no such thing as safe speeding, for every kilometre you’re over the speed limit you’re not only endangering your own life, but those of all other road users,” Mr MacDonald said.
“It’s also a reminder that no matter whether you’re driving a long or short trip, fatigue can strike at any time.
“In fact being awake for 17 hours has a similar effect on your performance and reaction time behind the wheel as a blood alcohol content above the legal limit, so if you’re feeling tired pull over and take a break.”
Mr MacDonald has also today welcomed a new partnership with Hunter Stadium to promote the NSW Government’s Plan B road safety campaign.
The partnership will see Plan B signage installed within the stadium concourse, reminding people that if they’re having a few drinks, it’s important that they have a Plan B to get home safely.
“Sporting partnerships like this one are particularly effective when it comes to speaking to young males, who are over-represented in the Hunters road toll,” Mr MacDonald said.
Double demerits will be in force this Easter from midnight Wednesday 12 April to midnight Monday 17 April and again for the holiday period from midnight Thursday 20 April to midnight Tuesday 25 April.
Drivers are encouraged to stay informed and for the latest updates on NSW road conditions visit: www.livetraffic.com
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