Stay safe on the road trip home this weekend

Stay safe on the road trip home this weekend

Friday 3 January 2014

With the last of the Christmas and New Year holidaymakers due to use the state’s roads and highways to return home today and over the weekend, Minister for Roads Duncan Gay is reminding motorists of the simple steps they can take to get home safely.

“When it comes to holiday road trips, tiredness and speed are the big issues,” said Minister Gay.

“People tend to squeeze as much as they can out of their holidays and then rush to get home. This often leads to going over the speed limit, pushing on when tired, or setting out without having a good night’s sleep.”

Minister Gay said being awake for 17 hours has the same effect on driving as having a blood alcohol level above 0.05.

“You wouldn’t drive your family home from holidays if you’d been drinking, so don’t do it if you’re tired,” he said.

“Tiredness kills more people on NSW roads than drink driving. Being tired behind the wheel is very dangerous and we need to start thinking that way when planning a road trip home from holidays.”

Major road upgrades delivered in 2013 have eased holiday traffic in some spots, however motorists can still expect major delays this weekend.

“There will be queues on the Pacific Highway heading south, at Ewingsdale, Woodburn, Woolgoolga, Macksville and Hexham, and on the Princes Highway heading north, at Milton/Ulladulla, Berry, Kiama and Albion Park Rail.”

While there have been fewer fatalities on NSW roads this holiday period compared to last, Minister Gay said there is no room for complacency.

“Operation Safe Arrival and double demerits may have finished for this holiday period, but don’t think you can relax when you’re driving home this weekend,” he said.

“Police will still be on the road, as well as other motorists, many of who are driving in unfamiliar conditions.

“Stick to the speed limit, make sure you’re well rested and plan for your trip to take longer if you’re using key roads and highways.

“We had an encouraging result with the 2013 road toll, which was the lowest in 90 years, but all road deaths are avoidable, so even one life lost is too many.

“Bringing the 2014 road toll down even further starts with safe driving this weekend.”

MEDIA: Scott MacKillop - 0428 261 772

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