Steph Cooke

Take Care On Roads Easter Long Weekend

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke urges residents to take extra care when on the roads over the Easter long weekend.

There is always more traffic on the roads over long weekends, like this upcoming Easter weekend.

More traffic means more people to be aware of and to factor into your trip.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has urged residents to take extra care on the road as motorists across NSW plan their upcoming Easter holiday weekend.

“There will be increased traffic on the roads over the long weekend, so if you’re planning on a long journey, or simply driving around town, your safety and the safety of your passengers and other drivers, should be a top priority,” Ms Cooke said.

“So, whether you’re heading off on holiday, hitting the road to enjoy the various activities and events in the region, or catching up with family and friends this Easter, if you’re out on the roads, please take care.

“Most crashes occur on country roads; we must remember that road safety is a shared responsibility, so when you’re on the road, think about how your actions can affect the safety of your family, friends, and those around you.”

Ms Cooke said double demerits would apply from Thursday, March 28 to Monday, April 1 inclusive, with NSW Police out in force, taking a proactive approach to road safety this Easter.

“It’s always a good idea to plan ahead - including regular breaks - allowing plenty of time to get to where you’re going,” Ms Cooke said.

“Always observe the speed limit and drive according to road conditions; obviously, don’t text or use your phone unless it’s hands-free, ensure you and your passengers all wear seatbelts; and it should go without saying, but definitely don’t drive if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“So far, in 2024, the NSW road toll is higher this year compared to the same time in 2023, so please, let’s all play our part in making sure we get to our destinations safely and ensure the Easter long weekend is a memorable one for all the right reasons.”

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