All quiet on the highway
By KUE DAVIS
STOP, Revive and Survive.
It's a phrase we're all familiar with, but how many of us actually heed the warning?
According to the latest statistics, this year is a huge improvement on 2006.
Police have issued 850 less speeding fines and 120 fewer people have been booked for drink-driving, compared with figures from the same time last year.
Of 136,667 random breath tests, only 469 drink-driving charges had been laid.
One thing is for sure: the various Driver Reviver sites set up across the country, which allow weary drivers to stop and revive, have made a huge difference.
Michael Long and his family, who were travelling from Caboolture to Terrigal, stopped at the Woolgoolga Driver Reviver yesterday morning.
"This is actually the first time we've stopped at one," Mr Long said.
"It's a great idea, it's so easy to get tired when your driving. We're lucky we have two drivers, so we can share the trip."
Coffs/Clarence inspector Tony Ferguson said that it's been very quiet on the highway this festive season.
"It's been very good. Even with the wet weather, it's been really quiet," he said.
Traffic Services commander John Hartely said in general people appear to be driving more responsibly.
"I view the decline...as a positive sign that fewer people are putting their lives and that of others at risk," he said.
However, the officer warned against complacency.
"The numbers are down, but there are more than 5600 people who were caught still breaking the law by speeding," Chief Supt Hartley said.
"Getting to your destination in one piece is more important than not getting there at all."