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Don't Risk It This Easter Long Weekend

Don't Risk It This Easter Long Weekend

While you might be busy wrangling the kids and packing up the car for a well-earned break this Easter, making sure you take your time and are well rested should be just as high on your holiday checklist.  

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that during holiday weekends, motorists are almost 10 per cent more likely to be killed or injured in a crash on a regional road.

“In the past five Easter periods, 69 per cent of fatalities and 52 per cent of serious injuries resulted from crashes on country roads,” Mrs Pavey said. 

Mrs Pavey said speed was the biggest killer last year claiming the lives of 168 people or 43 per cent of the 2017 road toll.

“Driving tired was the second biggest killer on our roads last year and claimed the lives of 75 people. Nearly 90 per cent of these fatigue related deaths occurred on regional roads,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The fact is, over this holiday period you are 7 per cent more likely to be killed or injured by driving cars off the road in a fatigue related crashes and about 5 per cent more likely to be killed or injured driving too fast.

“It’s a scary thought, but research shows that being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on your driving ability as a blood alcohol content of 0.05.

“The average reaction time before a driver even applies the brakes is 1.5 seconds, if you’re traveling at 60km/h, your car takes around 56 metres to stop, at 110kmh, it’s 174 metres.”

Mrs Pavey said over the last five years, 14 per cent of casualty crashes involving a car during double demerit point public holiday periods involved the vehicle colliding with another vehicle from the opposing direction.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we need everyone to understand this risk and commit to driving safely every time they are out on the road.” 

NSW Police Operation Tortoise starts at 00.01am on Thursday, 29 March and will continue until 23.59pm on Monday, 2 April 2018.

Double demerits will be in force throughout the period for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

The latest Saving Lives on Country Roads campaign can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xvmtI6bqP84.