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Road toll rise prompts driver warning

DRIVERS are being urged to take extra care over summer with the State’s road toll already at 330 – seven higher than last year.

Minister for Roads, Andrew Constance, says it is devastating to think 330 people haven’t made it home this year. 

“That’s 330 families celebrating Christmas without a loved one,” he said.

He says the impact is massive and it’s not just deaths that are the tragedy on our roads – almost 11,000 people have suffered serious injuries in crashes in just 12 months.

“We want everyone to stop and think – think about how their behaviour on the roads impacts others, think about how they would feel if they lost a loved one and think about what they can do to help stop these deaths and injuries on our roads,” the Minister said.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said all drivers needed to play their part in keeping the road toll down.

“Despite the significant resources and community messaging that has been invested in road safety across the State, we continue to see concerning behaviours that contribute to road trauma,” he said.

“Police will continue to target those risky behaviours that impact on crashes, injuries and deaths on our roads, but we need you as the community to take personal responsibility and work with us.

“Every time someone gets behind the wheel, they need to think about how their actions could impact others. Don’t take a risk or make a decision that you may regret for life.”