Plan a safe journey on western roads

28 March 2013

Plan a safe journey on western roads these holidays

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has urged motorists to avoid driving while fatigued and to drive within the speed limit and to the road conditions this Easter long weekend and April school holidays.

In a continued bid to reduce the road toll, double demerits will apply from midnight Wednesday 27 March to midnight Monday 1 April inclusive during the Easter break.

Mr Humphries said double demerits will be in force for speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

“Motorists are reminded 40km/h school zones operate on all gazetted school days to ensure the safety of children. In NSW, Thursday 28 March is a gazetted school day so double demerit points will apply to school zone offences on this day.

“At this time of year people make longer journeys than usual and traffic numbers increase significantly, especially on major roads.” Mr Humphries said.

“When driving on any long journey it is important to take plenty of breaks. Don’t set out if you are already tired and avoid driving when you would normally be sleeping. Look out for the early warning signs of driver fatigue.” Mr Humphries said.

“Traffic will also be noticeably heavier on Fridays and weekends during the April school holidays.

Speeding is the main killer on NSW roads with about half of all fatal crashes involving speed. Crash statistics show in last Easter’s double demerit period 23 people were injured on Western Regional roads.

Special care should also be taken on the Great Western Highway 3-7 kilometres west of Lithgow at Marrangaroo. Westbound traffic is being diverted onto the eastbound lane of the highway while work is carried out on the westbound lanes. A 60 km/h speed limit is in place.

“Roadwork speed limits are enforceable and stay in place even when there is no work being carried out. Road users should follow signs and drive carefully through work sites,” Mr Humphries said.

Mr Humphries is encouraging motorists to visit the Live Traffic NSW website at before starting their journey.

“The Live Traffic website gives motorists up-to-the minute advice about incidents and conditions which may affect their journey,” Mr Humphries said.

Tips for planning a safe holiday road journey, including information on rest area locations are available from the Roads and Maritime Services website.

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