Motorists on New South Wales roads are being urged to drive with caution this Easter break to avoid the annual increase of car accident injuries and fatalities.
According to the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), Australia has typically recorded a significantly high road toll over the Easter break, compared with other weekends during the year.
In 2012, safety campaigns made an impact as the road toll fell to the lowest number in more than nine years – 10 people died on Australian roads between April 6 and 9 that year. Unfortunately, this number soon climbed, as 25 motorists perished over the same long weekend in 2013.
Road accidents on NSW roads also spiked in 2013, according to leading insurance agency AAMI. Car accident injuries and insurance claims rose by 40 per cent on the previous year's reports.
This year, Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport Ray Williams has asked NSW motorists to consider the role "we can all play in making NSW roads safer" this Easter.
"While law enforcement and road rules are the backbone of safe roads, there is no substitute for driver vigilance and road users making a personal commitment to safe behaviour," Mr Williams said in an April 7 media release.
This announcement comes as part of the two-month-long campaign to reach a zero-fatality road toll on Friday, May 30. The Fatality Free Friday program involves educating drivers on driver safety and risks on NSW roads.
"We need to think about our actions such as avoiding drink driving, sticking to the speed limit and having sufficient rest before driving, particularly on the long journeys over the Easter break," Mr Williams explained.
AAMI Spokesperson Reuben Aitchison also supports the safer driver message.
"Fatigue, speed, and driver distraction are major contributors to accidents on our roads, particularly when undertaking long-distance driving," he revealed.
"As keen as you may be to start your Easter break, for your own safety and those of other drivers, it is worthwhile not leaving until you are well rested and able to fully concentrate on staying safe on the road."
If you're planning to hit the road for a holiday this coming long weekend, it is recommended that you take plenty of breaks during your journey and, if possible, change drivers at each rest stop.
Unfortunately, even if you are particularly careful, you cannot account for the actions of others. If you sustain a car accident injury when another driver was at fault, you may be eligible to receive compensation. For more information, get in touch with the car accident lawyers at Gerard Malouf & Partners today.