Mayor Urges Drivers to Take Care on the Roads this Long Weekend

As the end of the working day approaches, and the long weekend road trip excitement begins, Mayor of Cowra, Cr Bill West is urging people to be careful on all roads this Easter and Anzac long weekends.

“The roads and Maritime Services (RMS) issued some sad and disturbing facts about road fatalities in the Western NSW area this week making it the worst start to the year in 10 years,” said Cr West.

“Sadly over half of the people who died in our region were within 100km of their home, and alarmingly over 20% of the regions fatalities were people not wearing seatbelts.”

Speeding and fatigue are the main causes for fatalities on our roads, so with the colder months upon us and the busy long weekends spent with family and friends approaching, it is a timely reminder for roads users to please drive with safety as the number one priority.

Drivers are also urged to keep up to date with the laws surrounding the usage of mobile phones whilst driving. Over the long weekend period, drivers could lose up to 10 demerit points and cop a $448 fine if caught with a mobile phone in their hand whilst driving.

“Keep your mobile phone out of your hands and on a secured cradle or on a hands free connection. It’s just not worth that risk to take a phone call or respond to a text message,” Cr West added.

“This is a popular time for visiting families and enjoying our wonderful region in this pleasant climate. I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled long weekend with their families and enjoy the time off. Please drive safe for everyone to arrive at our destinations,” Cr West concluded.