IT WAS a tragic, dramatic and for some, an exhausting build up to Christmas, but with the summer holidays now kicking into full gear, there appears no immediate easing of the pressure.
Our roads are again starting to choke with tourists, through traffic and locals taking advantage of some free time to get out and about.
It really shouldn't be an issue but history tells us it will be thanks to no shortage of drivers devoid of patience, common civility or familiarity and others stupid enough to run the gauntlet and get behind the wheel when they are tired or affected by alcohol and/or drugs.
They pose a huge risk to everyone who does the right thing and obeys the rules.
It is imperative all those driving on the Coffs Coast over the summer break are alert and are free of distractions.
We need to be acutely aware other road users may not be accustomed to our conditions, or that some might just be plain stupid, cocky, over-confident or under the weather.
Give yourself plenty of room to manoeuvre and if need be, call police to alert them to the behaviour of drivers who shouldn't be on our roads.
The best summer is a safe one, and we all need to do our bit to make sure that comes to pass.