The holidays are a dangerous time for drivers every year, and so far the 2013 Christmas and New Year's season hasn't been any different.
The New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) has announced that two people were recently killed in a car accident on the M1 as they were driving along the state's Central Coast region.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the accident occurred when five students traveled to the coast to enjoy a picnic on the beach on Boxing Day. The group was coming back from their holiday when the car they were traveling in crashed on a stretch of notoriously dangerous road.
Emergency responders stated that two men, Azhar Iqbal and Mohsin Raza, were dead upon arrival. The car reportedly slammed into an embankment outside Mooney Mooney sometime before 5am.
An initial investigation has revealed that the driver, Ajmal, may have fallen asleep at the wheel when driving through the steep and winding section of the road. This area of the M1 has been the site of several crashes before, and the state has even put up new warning signs to remind drivers of the dangers of traveling at high speeds through the area.
All five passengers suffered car accident injuries in the crash.
Speed a growing problem for NSW residents
As summer kicks into full gear and more NSW residents take to the roads to go on holiday, many are calling for more intense safety campaigns.
According to the Canberra Times, residents in Nelligen are urging the local government to help slow the traffic on the part of the Kings Highway that goes through town.
It was only about 18 months ago that Defence Force cadet James Rigby died because of a speeding driver on the Nelligen Bridge, and this event is still fresh in residents' minds.
''If drivers observe the speed limit and do what they are supposed to do, then some of these accidents will be avoided, but that's a big if,'' local business owner Rick Patman said.
''What more can the police do? You see radars up and down the highway, you see police cars everywhere you go, the only thing left is for individuals to observe the speed limit and protect themselves and others. That's all it is."
Those who have been injured in a crash may want to get in touch with car accident injuries lawyers to determine what legal rights they have for compensation.