Local motorists planning on a long driving trip during the holidays are being encouraged to plan their trip before hitting the highway.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “At this time of the year highway traffic increases dramatically as people start their Christmas holidays so planning your trip is important.
“The NSW road toll is down on last year both across the state as well as in the Mid North Coast Local Area Command and we would all like to see it stay that way.
“Police will be out in force targeting speeding, drink driving, fatigue and the non-wearing of seatbelts so motorists should ensure they do the right thing and buckle up, stay within the speed limit and importantly get plenty of rest before they start their journey as well as stopping every two hours,” Mrs Williams said.
“Fatigue is often one of the major factors in causing road crashes accounting for approximately 30% of fatal accidents and more often than not they occur in rural areas.
“One of the worst things you can do is to work all day and then start your trip thinking that you will save yourself some time. That is simply a recipe for disaster,” Mrs Williams said.
“There are 62 Driver Reviver stops throughout NSW including at Nabiac, Bulahdelah, Raymond Terrace and Beresford if you are heading south, or at Woolgoolga, Grafton, Ballina and Brunswick Heads if travelling north.
“Apart from using these facilities yourself, it is also worth remembering to tell anyone traveling to you to stop, revive and survive.
“Motorists should also ensure their vehicle is roadworthy well before heading off on holidays.
“If people drive to the conditions, stick to their plan and drive within the law they should arrive at their destination ready to enjoy the festive season,” Mrs Williams said.
For Driver Reviver locations go to, www.driverreviver.com.au/reststops_nsw.htm
The latest traffic information is available by calling 132701
Posted on 20 Fri, December, 2013
by Leslie Williams