Drive safely and stop for a cuppa this Easter
Rest up, don’t rush and if you’re feeling tired stop for a break and a well-earned cuppa - that’s the message from Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey as scores of families head out on the state’s roads this Easter long weekend.
At a time when there are more people than usual using our roads, Mrs Pavey said motorists need to be mindful of driving tired as fatigue is the second biggest killer on New South Wales roads after speeding.
“Tiredness can affect your driving no matter how long or short your trip is and the outcome could potentially be catastrophic - not just for you, but for your friends and family too,” Mrs Pavey said.
“I am urging every motorist to be well rested, stay alert and make every journey a safe one.”
Police Minister Troy Grant said police officers are too often faced with tragic scenes on our roads.
“We want this Easter to be a safe and happy one for everyone across NSW, including our first responders.”
As well as police enforcement against drink-driving and speeding, police also will tackle fatigue at high risk locations across the state.
To assist drivers to remain alert, community initiatives such as the Toll Group’s Driver Reviver Programme and Free Cuppa will be in operation over the Easter break.
Minister Pavey has also announced a new community initiative with 45 McDonald’s restaurants across NSW offering a free McCafe coffee to drivers on Easter Monday.
“This is an opportunity for drivers to get out of their cars, stretch their legs and have a break over a coffee and to get to their destination safely,” Mrs Pavey said.
“These community based initiatives reflect a road safety culture we’d like to see more of and I thank these organisations and volunteers for helping us to drive the road toll Towards Zero.”
The Roads Minister has provided these top six tips to avoid driving tired these holidays:
- Get a good nights’ sleep
- Avoid driving after midnight
- Plan to take regular rest breaks
- Pull over for a break in a safe place
- Arrange to share the driving
- Take a nap, 20 minutes works best
Double demerits will be in force this Easter from midnight Wednesday, 12 April, to midnight Monday 17 April. They will be in force again for the Anzac Day holiday period from midnight Thursday, 20 April to midnight Tuesday, 25 April.
Drivers are encouraged to stay informed by visiting www.livetraffic.com for up to the minute traffic conditions on NSW roads.