Drive with Care this Easter

Media Release

JB028/2014

17 April 2014

Easter is always a busy time on our roads, and with the Easter and Anzac Day holidays falling close together this year, we all need to take extra care as responsible drivers.

Whether you are getting away for the weekend or travelling not far from home, please drive safely.

The number of deaths on our roads has decreased in recent years—there were 103 fewer deaths in 2013 than in 2012. But there is more to be done. Nearly 1,200 people lost their lives in road crashes last year, and over 30,000 were seriously injured.

Each of these has serious consequences that have ongoing effects for families and communities. We all have a part to play in keeping each other safe on the roads and preventing serious crashes.

On the eve of the Easter break, the latest in a series of national surveys on road safety issues has revealed an increased awareness of driver distraction as a factor contributing to crashes.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development conducted the twenty-third in a series of national surveys on community attitudes to road safety in October and November 2013.

The results show that people are aware of the major factors involved in road crashes, with most identifying speed, drink driving, inattention, driver distraction and fatigue. References to distraction (including mobile phones) have increased since the previous survey in 2011.

The full report is available now and can be downloaded from: www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety.

While these results are encouraging, we all need to do more to prevent accidents. I urge everyone to remember the simple things we can all do to reduce risk:

  • be mindful of other road users when driving;
  • put distractions aside until you stop;
  • start out well-rested and take regular rest breaks;
  • keep to the speed limit;
  • never drink and drive; and
  • make sure everyone in the vehicle has their seatbelt fastened at all times. 

Have a pleasant and safe Easter break.