MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE ON ROADS

Motorists Take Care 24 December 1999

MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE ON ROADS

24 December 1999

Thomas George, Member for Lismore, has urged motorists to take extra care on the roads this holiday season and arrive safely at their destination.

"It is a time of year when many motorists travel further than they are used to, on roads they are not familiar with and with a lot of other holiday traffic.

"Also, motorists who are not used to travelling long distances should plan their journeys, take adequate rest stops and avoid driver fatigue by taking advantage of the many Driver Reviver stops run by local volunteers, " said Mr George .

"It is also the time for a few celebratory drinks. Motorists should be opting for a designated driver and be extremely conscious of their alcohol intake prior to driving.

"Speed is a factor in a large number of motor vehicle accidents. Motorists should keep to the speed limit and use common sense where conditions are not ideal for driving.

"In this the holiday and festive season, driving will become much more pleasant if motorists were to exercise a little patience and courtesy on the roads.

"Every effort needs to be made to curb the road toll in the year 2000. Some horrific accidents towards the end of 1999 have seen an increase in fatalities compared to those in 1998.

"If motorists follow a few simple rules, such as keeping within the speed limit, not drinking and driving, and not driving when fatigued, the road toll for the holiday period can hopefully be kept to a minimum," Mr George concluded.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577