26 September 2023

Rush of road deaths prompts call for care

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has led a call for better road safety following the loss of nine lives on the State’s roads in just three days last weekend. (6-8 May).

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey has renewed his calls for safe driving after such a tragic weekend.

“I cannot stress the importance of doing the right thing when you are behind the wheel because the consequences can be deadly,” Mr Bailey said.

“My thoughts go out to every person impacted by these tragedies”.

He said the fatal five were factors in far too many of the fatal crashes record.

“I get reports through from every fatal crash, and all too often I am seeing the fatal five factoring in,” the Minister said, “[they are] speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, mobile phone use and seatbelts.

“So far this year we’ve seen over 100 people lose their lives, which is more than this time last year,” Mr Bailey said.

“Think about your family, your friends, your colleagues, and make sure you are getting home safely.”

Mr Bailey reminded motorists that much of the State could experience wet weather this week leading to difficult driving conditions.

“People need to drive to the conditions and remember, if it’s flooded, forget it,” he said.

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