Motorists Urged to Stay Vigilant on Roads this Long Weekend

1st October 2015

MOTORISTS URGED TO REMAIN VIGILANT ON THE ROAD THIS LONG WEEKEND

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole MP is urging motorists to remain vigilant on the roads this October Long Weekend, as Operation Slow Down kicks into gear. Since the start of the year, 259 people have died on NSW roads – 26 more deaths than this time last year. Mr Toole said accidents can happen in a second and urged all motorists to take extra precautions on the region’s roads. “With major sporting events, the school holidays and the long weekend, there will be a lot of activity on the road this weekend. Police will be out in force, targeting things that contribute to accidents such as drugs and alcohol offences, speeding, seatbelt offences, mobile phone use and fatigue.” Mr Toole said. “I’m also urging drivers to look after their passengers and keep their eyes out for dangerous behaviour from other motorists. If you’re heading to a game or to a pub to support your team, make sure you plan your travel, everyone needs to be accountable for their actions.” "There are few greater tragedies than losing a loved one in a road accident, so I am urging everyone to take responsibility and look out for one another.” Mr Toole said. Operation Slow Down starts at 12.01am on Friday (2 October 2015), and will continue until 11.59pm on Monday 5 October 2015. Double demerits will be in place over the entire long weekend for all speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.