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Police urge safety over Easter long weekend

With the Easter long weekend beginning tomorrow, Transport for NSW are reminding drivers of the serious and deadly consequences of dangerous driving and ignoring road conditions.

NSW road fatality numbers have steadily improved over past Easter long weekends. Last year, only two people lost their lives – one fewer than in 2013. In fact, 2014 was the equal second lowest total since records began in 1949.

Over the previous months, the authority has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at improving the safety outcomes on state roads. This includes the law introduced last month where drivers who lose all their demerit points two times within five years are forced to pass a driver knowledge test and education course before getting their licence back.

NSW Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast explained that the authority is making steady progress and believes that two lives lost is still too many.

“This morning we stood alongside NSW Police to plead with all motorists to slow down, stick to the road rules and be safe this Easter long weekend,” she said in an April 1 media statement.

“These measures will help to make sure those people who continue to break the law understand the very serious and sometimes deadly consequences of their behaviour.”

Double demerits

As well as the demerit accumulation law, NSW motorists will also face double demerits over the Easter weekend. From April 2 to 6, police will be issuing doubled penalties for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

“With double demerits in force there’s an even greater chance of losing your licence this long weekend, so don’t take the risk,” Ms Prendergast warned.

Ms Prendergast had a simple message for NSW drivers this weekend.

“We need drivers and riders to remember that road safety is in your hands, so if you’re planning to have a few drinks, make sure you have a Plan B; Don’t Rush; when it comes to your phone, Get Your Hand Off It; and Test Your Tired Self before getting behind the wheel,” she concluded.

NSW car accident compensation

If you are involved in a car accident in NSW over the upcoming Easter break and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists, including drivers and pedestrians.

It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.

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