MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE ON THE ROADS THIS CHRISTMAS

Take Care On Roads

MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE ON THE ROADS THIS CHRISTMAS

24 December 2002

In the lead-up to the busy Christmas period on our roads, motorists should take extra care and remember to wear their seatbelts and keep to the speed limit, Nationals Party Member for Lismore said today.

"At this time of year, people often make long journeys to visit family and friends. Motorists are urged to drive safely, take regular rest breaks and take advantage of the many driver reviver stops set up across the state," Thomas George said.

"Drivers are often tired, stressed and travelling distances that they are not used to.

"People set out on trips feeling utterly exhausted after putting in long hours at work, doing last minute Christmas preparations and, of course, enjoying festive season celebrations," Thomas George said.

"As drivers and passengers, we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to avoid a repeat of that tragic period.

"While all the road safety advice in the world can be given, at the end of the day, individual drivers have the ultimate responsibility to drive in a safe manner," said Thomas George.

Thomas George said that fatigue was one of the biggest problems as people drive long distances on holidays and to see family and friends over Christmas.

"The incidence of fatigue related crashes is higher during December than other times of the year.

"Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and it is just not worth taking risks when you're behind the wheel.

"Top of my wish list is a safe Christmas on NSW roads," concluded Thomas George.

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