Re­minder on road safety ahead of Easter hol­i­days

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Tom Price com­mu­nity mem­bers com­mit­ted to safe Easter trav­els at an im­por­tant an­nual event spread­ing the mes­sage of road safety in the lead-up to the hol­i­day break.

Res­i­dents, re­li­gious lead­ers, po­lice of­fi­cers and emer­gency ser­vices volunteers turned out on Sun­day af­ter­noon for the Bless­ing of the Roads cer­e­mony, an event that sees Tom Price churches and the WA Local Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s Road­Wise cam­paign come to­gether to en­cour­age res­i­dents to act re­spon­si­bly when driv­ing over the hol­i­days.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton councillor and event MC Peter Foster and Tom Price re­li­gious lead­ers the Rev. John Dihm, Sis­ter Mar­garet Cul­hane and Pas­tor Gavin Dou­glas jointly of­fi­ci­ated the bless­ing held in the Tom Price Vis­i­tor Bay carpark.

Cr Foster asked peo­ple to re­mem­ber to care­fully plan their travel, drive at a safe speed, reg­u­larly take breaks, turn off their mo­bile phones while driv­ing and al­ways wear a seat­belt.

Tom Price po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sergeant Tony Di Giuseppe said driver fa­tigue was a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem on local roads around Easter time.

“(The is­sue) is more fa­tigue be­cause we’re so iso­lated from ev­ery­where else — even to go to Hed­land or New­man, it’s a good three or four-hour drive,” he said.

“And it is very hard to po­lice fa­tigue be­cause it’s not some­thing you can eas­ily see.”

He urged driv­ers to stay alert by plan­ning ahead and tak­ing their time.

Speak­ers wished com­mu­nity mem­bers an enjoyable and safe Easter and school hol­i­day break.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

Tom Price com­mu­nity lead­ers and res­i­dents gather for a Bless­ing of the Roads cer­e­mony last week­end.

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