RACV Insurance would like to remind everyone that “road safety is the responsibility of us all” in the lead-up to the festive season.
The company is urging people to be careful and put safety first when they travel over the Christmas period.
“Road safety is the responsibility of us all. Those who fail to do the right thing on the road and take risks will be caught and your party will be over,” RACV general manager of public policy Brian Negus said in a statement.
In particular Mr Negus advises people to be responsible when drinking alcohol – drink drivers are often the cause of many fatal car accidents.
It is not worth losing your life – or claiming someone else’s – just to have an extra drink. Mr Negus recommends that sober drivers avoid drinking altogether.
“If you’re planning to drive, the only way to be certain of staying under 0.05 is to avoid drinking alcohol altogether,” Mr Negus said.
“You have a choice to do the right thing, don’t make this Christmas your last, or the last for others, because you’ve taken risks on the road.”
Other key causes of car accidents include speeding, risky behaviour and fatigue. It is therefore important to plan your journey ahead of time, to ensure the driver is well-rested and you do not feel tempted to speed.
Mr Negus also said that pedestrians should exercise extra caution if they have consumed alcohol, as they may be less aware of their surroundings.
He said that they “need to understand their reaction time is slower”.
“Where possible, stay on footpaths and choose safe places to cross the road such as designated crossings and always hail a taxi from the kerb rather than the road,” Mr Negus advised.
Last year 57 people lost their lives on the roads, a statistic that Mr Negus refers to as “tragic”.
“All of us must exercise extreme caution during the high-risk holiday period to reduce the likelihood of road death or injury,” he asserted.
Before you set out on your journey you may want to know that in the event of an accident, you may be eligible for compensation if you can prove that the other driver or party had been negligent – for example, drinking.