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Be safe over school holidays

Police are calling on all road users to slow down and travel safely ahead of the upcoming school holidays.

With the aim of saving lives over the school holiday period, police will be out in force to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely.

The school holidays begin tomorrow (Friday 7 April 2017) at the end of the school day and conclude on ANZAC Day (Tuesday 25 April 2017).

Extra traffic is expected on major routes across NSW as families head to popular holiday destinations.

Acting Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, is urging all road users to take personal responsibility and stay alert on NSW roads over the busy school holiday period.

“With an increase in road users over the school holidays, we are urging all road users to be vigilant and responsible.

“While everyone is excited about the holidays, it is not worth the risk of speeding or driving while tired in order to get to your destination.

“We’re asking you to manage your trip, slow down, take regular breaks, avoid distractions, and ensure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt.

“It is much more important to arrive safely, than not to arrive at all,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Here are some tips for avoiding driver fatigue:

  • Before you drive, get a good night’s sleep
  • Avoid driving at night, when your body will naturally want to sleep
  • Avoid long trips after a day of work
  • Take regular breaks
  • Share driving responsibilities
  • If you start feeling tired, pull over when it is safe to do so
  • REMEMBER: Sleep is the only cure for tiredness.

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