26 September 2023

Awareness week shines lights on road rules

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Motorists are being urged to stay safe behind the wheel by refreshing their understanding of NSW road rules during Road Rules Awareness Week this week (21–27 March).

Welcoming the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) initiative, Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Natalie Ward said the Week was an important reminder to all road users that their actions and decisions while behind the wheel affected everyone.

“We need to treat everyone on the roads as if they are loved ones; as if they are family,” Mrs Ward said.

“Every decision we make can have consequences and sometimes they can be tragic and avoidable,” she said.

“We have a shared responsibility to make our roads safer and following and understanding the road rules is vital.”

Mrs Ward said that last year, NSW recorded the lowest road toll since 1923 with 270 fatalities, “so while we are heading in the right direction, we can all do more to help achieve no deaths on our roads.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway reminded people that road rules were there to keep them moving safely and efficiently.

“There are around 350 road rules across NSW and, while that may sound like a lot, most are common sense such as obeying speed limits, indicating when you are turning and obeying traffic lights,” Mr Farraway said.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, so take the time this week to refresh your knowledge and help keep everyone safe on our roads,” he said.

Mr Farraway said NSW road rules would be promoted this week on the NSW Road Safety Facebook page, on several train station platforms and at Service NSW centres across the State.

Drivers wishing to brush up on their road rule knowledge can access the Road User Handbook at this PS News link and TfNSW’s 15-page Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules Handbook at this link.

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