With the Victorian road toll up 25 per cent on this time last year, RACV is urging Victorians to take extra care on the roads this festive season.
RACV’s Brodie Bott said the Christmas holiday period is traditionally one of the worst on the state’s roads.
“Twelve people died on our roads during the Christmas and New Year period last year and that’s 12 people too many,” Mr Bott said.
“Despite the large number of road safety campaigns and warnings, we are still seeing the road toll increase. The carnage must stop and it’s up to all road users to play their part.
“No family wants to be mourning the loss of a loved one at this time of the year. While it is the season to celebrate and socialise, it doesn’t mean that road users can let their guard down,” he said.
RACV also reminded drivers that fatigue and distraction are just as dangerous for drivers as alcohol or drugs.
“One momentary lapse of concentration or slight misjudgement can have terrible and irreversible consequences,” Mr Bott warned.
“Victorians travelling over the Christmas and New Year break should plan their trips in advance, allow for regular breaks and share the driving where possible.
“RACV encourages people to consider whether it’s best to wait until the next morning to hit the road, rather than driving late into the night.”
Victoria Police’s 24-day holiday road blitz, OPERATION ROADWISE begins Friday 13 December 2019 and continues until Sunday 24 January 2020.
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