Minister urges motorists to drive carefully

10 June 2013

Minister urges motorists to drive carefully while returning from the long weekend

Roads Minister Duncan Gay has urged motorists to take extra care while driving home from their long weekend break, after the deaths of five people on the state’s roads.

Five people have died on our roads this long weekend which is more than double last year’s total of two.

Mr Gay implored motorists to take extreme caution when driving home today, so that no other family had to endure that dreaded knock on the door from police with bad news.

“Motorists should drive to the conditions, take plenty of breaks and avoid driving when they would normally be sleeping,” he said.

“The biggest killer on our roads is speeding. Each year about 40 per cent of crashes involve excessive inappropriate speed.

“There is no excuse for speeding and motorists who ignore the road rules, especially during double demerit periods, risk losing their licence.

Motorists are reminded that double demerits remain in force until midnight tonight for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

Media: Lance Northey 0467 743192

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