In a bid to maintain last year’s record of zero people killed on Victorian roads over Easter, RACV is urging Victorians to take care on the roads with simple steps to help ensure you enjoy your trip and make it home safely this long weekend.
There are significant increases in traffic over Easter, as families drive far and wide to be with their loved ones. Driver fatigue from traveling long distances and potentially hazardous autumn weather conditions makes this holiday an especially dangerous time on the roads.
In the past six years, 18 people have been killed on Victorian roads over the Easter long weekend. While last year set a precedent for Victorian motorists, four people were killed over the Easter break in 2015.
Brian Negus, RACV General Manager Public Policy, said there are basic steps every driver can take to reduce their chance of being involved in a crash.
“When we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, we have a responsibility to ourselves and all other road users. Choosing to speed, driving when tired, or quickly checking that text message can have devastating consequences,” said Mr Negus. “No person should be killed or seriously injured on our roads at Easter or at any time. Last year proved that we can all make it home safely this long weekend.”
Tips for driving safe this Easter:
- Obey the speed limit – pay attention to signs when driving on unfamiliar roads and reduce your speed if weather conditions become hazardous
- Don’t drink and drive – leave the car at home or make alternative arrangements to get home
- Keep mobile phones out of reach – there is no text or call that is so important as to put your and other people’s lives at risk
- Take plenty of rest breaks – fatigue is a major factor in one in five fatal Victorian crashes. A fifteen minute power nap can save your life.
To raise awareness of road safety, RACV has teamed up with Air Ambulance Victoria and the Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals in the ‘5 Second Safety’ campaign. Five second videos from crash survivors, trauma surgeons and people impacted by road trauma are raising awareness of the very real and devastating impact of road crashes and they ask the question ‘what are you going to do?’ to help make our roads safer.
Join the campaign via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #5SecondSafety.
Written by RACV - Media Relations (03) 9790 2572
April 11, 2017