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Media release


Tuesday, 11 April 2006

After a bad start to the year on the state’s roads, NSW Nationals Senator Fiona Nash is urging drivers to help reverse the already alarming trend, calling on motorists to take extra care when behind the wheel this Easter long weekend.

Senator Nash said the number of road fatalities and fatal crashes recorded last month was up on previous years, with 50 people killed on New South Wales roads during March 2006 - 32 per cent more than March last year.

“The number of people who have lost their lives on the road so far this year is very alarming and on the eve of the long weekend, I urge all motorists to take extra precautions to avoid adding to this already sobering statistic,” Senator Nash said.

“We all have a responsibility to adhere to the road rules and take proper care when driving.

“This includes sticking to the speed limit and not getting behind the wheel after drinking. Drivers should also avoid unnecessary distraction while behind the wheel such as using mobile phones.”

Senator Nash also urged motorists to take advantage of the respite provided by roadside ‘driver reviver’ stations.

“Driver fatigue is a common factor in many motor vehicle accidents so it is important people understand how crucial it is to take a break, particularly on long journeys.

“Roadside ‘driver reviver’ stations provide an excellent opportunity for drivers to refresh themselves and I applaud the SES volunteers manning the stations, for donating their time to offer such a valuable service to the broader community.”

Media contact: Julie Siegert 0429 818 600