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RAA urges road users to arrive home safely this Easter

Thursday, 18th Apr 2019

Tragically, more than 50 people on average are killed or injured on South Australian roads each Easter, latest figures obtained by RAA show.

The most recent State Government data shows a total of seven people died and 273 were injured – 43 seriously – during Easter between 2013 and 2017.

Thankfully, no one lost their life in the past two Easter periods, and RAA is imploring all road users to be vigilant and keep this Easter fatality free.

RAA’s Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said at this time of year even more people were expected to take advantage of driving holidays given the Easter break and ANZAC Day fall within a seven day period.

“This, combined with school holidays, means many people will take advantage to visit holiday destinations, which means more traffic than usual on regional roads,’’ he said.

“Historic crash data shows 70 per cent of fatalities occur on rural roads, with the condition of the roads and driver distraction among the biggest causes of collisions with the potential for tragic outcomes.”

Mr Mountain said concern over regional road safety was one of the key reasons behind the regional focus to RAA’s federal election priorities, which include duplication of the Dukes and Augusta highways and the inclusion of the Riddoch highway in the National Highway Network.

He said the Easter road safety message also highlighted the need for the next federal government to adopt the 12 recommendations in the 2018 National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry to rid the nation of high-risk highways and stop the carnage on our roads.

“While we await vital upgrades to our regional roads and a national approach to road safety, all road users can play their part to arrive home safely and celebrate a fatality-free Easter,’’ Mr Mountain said.

He advised drivers on regional trips to watch out for wildlife, which is particularly active at dawn and dusk.

Mr Mountain also urged motorists of the danger of drowsy driving.

“It’s safest not to drive when tired as fatigue contributes to many serious and fatal crashes, particularly in regional areas. On long trips, take a rest every two hours,’’ he said.

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