The Hunter Community Urged to Make Every Journey a Safe One this Easter
Wednesday 12 April 2017 4:22pm
Michael Johnsen MP, Member for the Upper Hunter, is urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive the road toll down Towards Zero on the Hunter regions roads.
Mr Johnsen said that of the 384 lives lost on NSW roads last year, 73 were from the Hunter region, which is 14 more fatalities than in 2015 where 59 people were killed and 1,357 people seriously injured in the Hunter region.
“We must remember that these are not just numbers, they are members of our local community –friends and loved ones lost to their families forever or seriously injured, some with lifelong impacts,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Last year’s 2016 Easter road toll saw two fatalities on NSW roads and this year our goal is zero.”
“Sadly, many of us have, or will, at some stage in our lives, experience the devastating effects of road trauma and at a time where there are more people than usual using the roads we must endeavour to stay safe.”
The NSW Government has also announced that in addition to targeted Police enforcement to deter dangerous behaviour such as speed, drink-driving and non-seat belt use, people can expect to see more education and awareness campaigns in high-risk locations over the Easter break.
“There’s no such thing as safe speeding, for every kilometre you’re over the speed limit you’re not only endangering your own life, but those of all other road users,” Mr Johnsen said.
“It’s also a reminder that no matter whether you’re driving a long or short trip, fatigue can strike at any time.
“In fact being awake for 17 hours has a similar effect on your performance and reaction time behind the wheel as a blood alcohol content above the legal limit, so if you’re feeling tired pull over and take a break.”
Mr Johnsen was also joined by Brett Campbell from McDonald Jones Stadium Stadium today to welcome a new partnership to promote the NSW Government’s Plan B road safety campaign.
The road safety partnership see’s Plan B signage installed within the stadium concourse, reminding people that if they’re having a few drinks, it’s important that they have a Plan B to get home safely.
“Sporting partnerships like this one are particularly effective when it comes to speaking to young males, who are over-represented in our Hunter regions road toll,” Mr Johnsen said.
“As a Member of this NSW State Government, I am proud of the strong policies which the Nationals in Government are undertaking to bring the regional road toll down,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Double demerits will be in force this Easter from midnight Wednesday 12 April to midnight Monday 17 April and again for the holiday period from midnight Thursday 20 April to midnight Tuesday 25 April.
Drivers are encouraged to stay informed and for the latest updates on NSW road conditions visit: www.livetraffic.com.