Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AS we en­ter into the hol­i­day sea­son, it is cru­cial for West­ern Aus­tralian driv­ers to be pre­pared for the ex­tra ac­tiv­ity in the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly while on the road.

Trag­i­cally, 173 lives, ac­cord­ing to data from the Road Safety Com­mis­sion, have been lost on our roads this year, with hun­dreds more suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous and of­ten life chang­ing in­juries.

Be­hind the sta­tis­tics are griev­ing fam­i­lies, emer­gency work­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers who have also been af­fected by what can some­times be a split sec­ond in­ci­dent.

It is cru­cial dur­ing this busy time of year that we drive with care, take reg­u­lar breaks on long trips and put mo­bile phones and other de­vices away to re­duce dis­trac­tion.

We all have a part to play in pre­vent­ing deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries on the road - plan ahead be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel to en­sure all West­ern Aus­tralian fam­i­lies make it safely to their des­ti­na­tion this fes­tive sea­son. TONY O'HUR­LEY, Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ac­ci­dent Prac­tice Group Leader.

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