Beware of four killers
THEChristmas holidays fill us all with happy thoughts but increased traffic on our roads means increased risk.
Monto Police Station’s SergeantWerner Crous says the top four killers on the roads are fatigue, speed, drink driving and not wearing a seat belt.
And driving while using a mobile phone is an added risk, he said.
“Before you leave home plan your stops and always be patient,” Sgt Crous said.
“People often get impatient when going up a range or being stuck behind a caravan where there are no passing lanes.
“If you are patient you can better perceive dangers and be less inclined to take risks.
“Make your drive part of your holiday, not just a means to an end.” When travelling at 100km per hour a vehicle is moving at 27.8m per second.
Sgt Crous said if you had a following distance of three seconds and someone cut in front of you, it took only three seconds off your journey to drop back again.
“There are 1.5 seconds from perception to reaction so it makes sense to allow longer following distances between vehicles,” he said.
“Looking after your hydration is the key to decreasing your fatigue levels andwhen you do feel tired please stop and rest.”
Sgt Crous said there would be an increased police presence on the roads during the Christmas holidays. He said he would prefer not to write any speeding tickets or catch any drink drivers if it meant people were being safe.
KEEPING SAFE: Monto’s SergeantWerner Crous would prefer not to catch anyone doing the wrong thing on the roads.