Media Release - Council calls for special care on Easter roads

Blayney Shire Council is calling on local drivers to take special care on the roads this Easter, as part of a combined push to drive down a soaring road toll in NSW.

Tablelands Area Road Safety Officer, Andrew Cutts said "Blayney Shire Council was working closely with the NSW Government to keep people safe on Central Tablelands roads, following a doubling of the road toll over the Christmas-New Year holiday period."

In 2017, 392 people lost their lives on the road, while there were more than 12,000 serious injuries.

“Statistics from the NSW Centre for Road Safety show that each year, more than two-thirds of all fatalities occur on country roads” Andrew Cutts said.

Blayney Shire is unwavering in its commitment to reducing these horrifying statistics. “In our local government area alone, there were 5 fatal crashes between 2012 and 2016, and 43 crashes involving serious injury."

"The experts tell us that the main behavioural factors contributing to these deaths and injuries are:
• Speeding – 42 per cent
• Illicit drugs use – 19 per cent
• Tired drivers and riders – 18 per cent
• Drink-driving – 15 per cent, and
• Seatbelt non-usage – 12 per cent.

One death; one serious injury is one too many.

A moment’s inattention, a one-off case of speeding, fatigue or not realising you’re over the limit could result in a lifetime of regrets – or no life at all.”

For further information please contact:
Tablelands Area Road Safety Officer, Andrew Cutts 6333 6517
Grant Baker, Director Infrastructure Services on 6368 2104.
Last modified: 29 Mar 2018

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290

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