Stay Safe On Our Roads This Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

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Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock MP have today encouraged local motorists to take care on our Princes Highway and other local roads during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Mr Ward said that Double demerits are now in force and will apply until 12am on Tuesday 11th June.

“I urge all motorists to follow the road rules this long weekend – slow down, take a rest and don’t touch your mobile phone,” he said.

“Crash rates go up during holiday periods, which is why motorists should expect to see more Police out on the roads and remember that double demerits are now in force.

“So don’t drink and drive and if you are having a few drinks with family and friends – make sure if have a Plan B in place,” Mr Ward said.

Mrs Hancock said that while long weekends are a great opportunity to get away with family or friends, we want everyone to arrive safely at their destination.

“With higher traffic volumes, wet weather and people driving in unfamiliar environments, there is an increased risk on our roads,” she said.

“New South Wales Police are cracking down on dangerous drivers this long weekend.

“165 people have died on the State’s roads so far this year and I urge everybody to drive safe and help keep the road toll at zero this long weekend,” Mrs Hancock said.

To stay safe:

  • Plan your route and rest stops along the way;
  • Drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and State laws;
  • Be aware of signs of fatigue;
  • Have a Plan B if you intend to drink alcohol; and
  • Always wear a seatbelt or a helmet if you are riding.