Police appeal to road users to be safe as school holidays start

Police are appealing to road users to exercise sound judgement and display personal responsibility while on the road ahead of the upcoming school holidays.

With the aim of keeping these holidays fatality-free, police will be out in force to ensure that everyone arrives to their destination safely.

The school holidays begin today (18 Friday 2015) at the end of the school day and conclude on Monday (5 October 2015).


“It is well known to police and road users alike that the risks on our roads are speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt, and being distracted by a mobile phone,” Acting Assistant Commissioner David Driver said.

“Those prosecuted for such offences are the ones putting themselves, their passengers, and other road users at great risk of a serious injury, or fatal crash.

Over the last 12 months police have;

  • Issued 208,087 infringements for speeding, down 10,150 from the previous year;
  • Prosecuted 19010 drink drivers, down 853 from the previous year;
  • Prosecuted 6350 drug drivers, up 3685 from the previous year;
  • Issued 13532 infringements for drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, down 979 from the previous year;
  • Issued 36,845 infringements for drivers using a mobile phone, up 1659 from the previous year.

“Aside from our key risks, the challenges for other road users such as motorcycle riders, cyclists, and pedestrians, continue to be an issue, with many losing their lives as a result of poor personal responsibility on our roads,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Driver said.

So far this year, 252 people have died on NSW roads, 25 more than this time last year.

“As families now consider their school holiday journeys, I ask that drivers, riders, cyclists, and pedestrians alike consider the basics of road safety;

  • Have at least 8 hours sleep before you begin a long journey;
  • Stop every two hours to refresh and revive;
  • Be seen to be seen! – wear bright clothing when riding or cycling and avoid blind spots;
  • Cross at designated or traffic controlled areas;
  • Stick to the speed limits;
  • If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive;
  • Always wear a seat belt, and make sure passengers have theirs fitted;
  • Don’t let yourself become distracted by using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Acting Executive Director Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said holidays provide families with a great opportunity to get in the car for a road trip, but there are a few key things drivers should remember before getting behind the wheel.

“Remember to be well-rested before you get behind the wheel, it’s really important that you don’t drive while tired. Visit testyourtiredself.com.au to see how tired you might be before driving, but more importantly, find out what to do to avoid driving tired,” Mr Carlon said.

“Slow down. Speed is one of the roads biggest killers and plays a role in about 40 per cent of all road deaths, so Don’t Rush.

“Keep an eye on your speed to make sure you’re driving at a safe speed and always, drive to the road conditions.

And finally, Get Your Hand Off It – because no phone call or text is worth putting your family at risk or compromising safety for everyone else out on the road,” Mr Carlon said.