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Community urged to prioritise road safety

Community urged to prioritise road safety With the holiday season upon us, City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, is urging the community to look out for one another on our roads. No  

With the holiday season upon us, City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, is urging the community to look out for one another on our roads.

Double demerits came into effect on Friday (22 December) and will continue through to midnight Monday 1 January.

The Demerit Points Scheme is a state-wide road safety program, designed to encourage safe and responsible driving.

The scheme allocates penalty points (demerits) for a range of driving offences, including: 

  • Speeding;
  • Illegal use of mobile phones;
  • Not wearing a seatbelt; and
  • Riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

Mayor Asfour said aside from the driving offences listed above, fatigue was one of the three big killers on NSW roads.

"According to Transport for NSW, more people in NSW died in fatigue-related crashes than drink driving crashes in 2016," Mayor Asfour said.

"Being awake for about 17 hours has a similar effect on performance as a blood alcohol content of 0.05.

"We have thousands of drivers across our City who follow the road rules each day, but even just one slip-up could lead to tragedy."

Mayor Asfour said it’s everyone’s responsibility to commit to being safer on our roads, so we can continue working towards the ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads.

"There were 156 casualty crashes in our City over the holiday period last year, resulting in two fatalities and 202 injuries," Mayor Asfour said. "That’s 156 too many for me. We need everyone to slow down, be alert and always wear a seatbelt."

NSW Centre for Road Safety Executive Director, Bernard Carlon, said Transport for NSW is hoping to not see any tragedies that will ruin anyone’s holidays.

"People need to remember that every time they get behind the wheel, they are responsible not only for their own lives, but the lives of every motorist, cyclist or pedestrian they come into contact with," Mr Carlon said.

 30/01/2018 4:55 PM