PLEASE TAKE CARE ON ROADS THIS CHRISTMAS

PLEASE TAKE CARE ON ROADS THIS CHRISTMAS

PLEASE TAKE CARE ON ROADS THIS CHRISTMAS

23 December 2003

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George today said 23 people have died so far this year within the Richmond Local Area Police Command. This is the same number for the whole of 2002.

"The Christmas holidays are a notoriously bad time on NSW roads. Drivers are often tired, stressed and driving distances they are not quite used to," Mr George said.

"Moreover, there will be many more cars on the roads these holidays. Uncertainty overseas means more people than ever before are choosing to take a driving holiday at home.

"Road safety must be the priority for all motorists and I would remind drivers to be conscious of speed limits and road conditions, take adequate rest breaks to avoid fatigue and be aware at all times of the actions of other drivers," Mr George said.

"Furthermore, a misconception exists in the minds of too many drivers who think they are immune to dangers resulting from factors such as speed and fatigue.

"There is no room for such complacency however, as a moments lapse in concentration can end in tragedy.

"Passengers also have an important role to play in monitoring driver behaviour and if necessary requesting that drivers have a break, or slow down

"I urge all drivers to drive responsibly on NSW roads this Christmas break and to take care at all times when behind the wheel," said Mr 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