In light of the recent RAC Risky Roads Survey results, The Nationals WA spokesperson for Road Safety Hon Martin Aldridge MLC is urging motorists to take action to ensure they don’t become a road safety statistic.
The RAC’s regional results has marked a number of risky roads within the Agricultural Region including; the Indian Ocean Drive from Two Rocks to Arrowsmith, the Great Eastern Highway from the Lakes to Coolgardie, the Albany Highway in Williams, the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Bindoon, and Toodyay Road in their top 10 risky roads category.
Many West Australians will be attending their local service for Anzac Day this Thursday across the regions, and some plan to be on the roads again this weekend, following the Easter holidays and school holidays coming to a close.
With the high volumes of motorists on the roads this week, Mr Aldridge urges motorists on all regional roads to do their bit to make the roads safer; be patient, overtake when safe and take regular breaks.
Mr Aldridge is once again supporting the State Government road safety strategy for 2008-2020, in promoting the Towards Zero Strategy.
Mr Aldridge said regional WA remains over-represented when it comes to road deaths, with 27 of 51 deaths this year occurring on WA country roads.
“We hear the same behaviours leading to road deaths and serious injuries,” Mr Aldridge said.
“Everyone needs to do their bit, drive to the conditions, stick to the road rules, be courteous of other road users and keep your headlights on at all times.”
Mr Aldridge reminds drivers not to become another statistic.
“Let’s all aim for a zero fatality weekend,” he said.
“Slow down and enjoy the journey – take breaks, swap drivers, avoid distraction and stop to experience WA’s magical countryside to help manage fatigue.”
This Anzac Day, West Australians can show their support and attend one of more than 100 RSL sub-branch Anzac Day events.
To find a local Anzac Day service near you visit www.rslwa.org.au/commemoration/anzac-day/event/services/