Extra Highway Patrol units on roads in lead-up to Christmas
MOTORISTS are being urged to get 'back to basics' of road safety ahead of a busy weekend and holiday season on our roads.
Additional Traffic and Highway Patrol units, including police motorcycles, squad cars and mobile speed cameras, are operating on the North Coast in the lead-up to Christmas in an effort to reduce the holiday road toll.
Police are calling on all drivers and riders to heed the warning to avoid a crash that could have tragic and deadly consequences.
Families are urged to ensure the five elements that can lead to fatalities are covered: Sticking to the speed limit; not being fatigued; wearing seatbelts; not drink/drug driving; and, avoiding distraction.
So far this year, up until yesterday, 298 people have died on the state's roads.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said everyone should ensure they have the basics covered.
"We are calling on every person travelling on the roads this weekend to have the basics covered," he said.
"Motorists should ensure they don't speed, aren't fatigued, wear their seatbelts, are not under the influence and don't get distracted.
"Plan ahead - it seems a simple message however we still see drivers and riders taking to the roads tired, or under the influence from the night before.
"By making a concerted effort to run through the basics before heading out, you may save yourself and your family from a tragedy.
"Most people think it won't happen to them - but when it does they wish they could go back in time and take note of their actions and have planned ahead."