South Australians are being reminded of the fragility of life this Easter, and being urged to drive with care ahead of the long weekend.
Easter is a time of celebration, with many South Australians taking the opportunity to travel throughout the state to enjoy time with family and friends.
Over the four-day break many people will be travelling long distances, driving on unfamiliar roads, at higher speeds, and with passengers in the car – with some towing trailers.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC), along with SA Police (SAPOL), are pleading with all road users to be extra cautious, stick to the speed limit, take regular breaks and be patient when behind the wheel.
Road Safety Minister, Pete Malinauskas said road safety is everyone’s responsibility and achieving a fatality free Easter long weekend requires us all to work together.
“Unfortunately, driver behavior is one of the main contributors to road trauma. It’s the poor choices of some that can easily affect the lives of so many others.
“No one deserves to have their Easter marred by tragedy so please think about how road trauma could affect you and your family, and drive with care this long weekend,” said Minister Malinauskas.
MAC Communications Manager, Megan Cree said during the past five years, almost 70% of fatalities and serious injury crashes over the Easter weekend occurred in rural South Australia.
“So if you’re planning a long regional drive this Easter, please rest for at least 15 minutes every two hours as driver fatigue can significantly contribute to your risk of a being involved in a serious crash.
“It is also imperative to stick to the speed limits and stayed focused when driving. Nothing is more important than the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users,” said Ms Cree.