Come back a winner this long weekend

The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is urging the community to back the real winner this Adelaide Cup long weekend by planning to travel safely on the road.

MAC’s General Manager, Road Safety and Strategic Communications, Michael Cornish said the last five years have seen 6 fatalities and 44 serious injuries on South Australian roads over the Adelaide Cup long weekend.

“The statistics show the trauma hasn’t discriminated – drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists; males, females; country and city residents have all been affected,” he said.

“This long weekend, please do the right thing; stick to speed limits, don’t drink and drive, and look out for others on the road,” Mr Cornish said.

If you’re using this weekend as an opportunity to take a road trip, it is not a good idea to set out on your long weekend journey immediately after work.

“Fatigue is a major cause of crashes leading to death and serious injury. Even a momentary loss of concentration can be catastrophic on high speed country roads,” he said.

“Make sure you’re well rested, and plan ahead to ensure you can take a break from driving for at least 15 minutes every two hours – if you drive tired, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, you’re putting others at risk too.”

“This long weekend, a lot of holiday makers’ vehicles will be carrying extra items or towing a trailer or a boat. If you are towing or driving a loaded vehicle, understand it will behave differently with extra weight on board, and that you are likely to be travelling on higher speed roads and will take longer to stop.

“It’s a good idea to put any loose objects in the boot of the car or behind a cargo barrier. Items like laptops, sporting equipment, toys and gaming devices, can become an unsecure missile that hits a passenger and causes injury in a crash.”

For more information on safe country driving visit http://www.mac.sa.gov.au/campaigns/country-driving

Further information:

Of the 6 fatalities and 44 serious injuries for the Adelaide Cup holiday period between 2011 and 2015:

  • 62% were male
  • 22% were 16-24 years old
  • 46% were drivers, 28% were passengers, 12% were motorcyclists, 4% were pedestrians, and the remaining 10% were cyclists
  • 54% occurred in metropolitan Adelaide, 46% in rural areas 

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