Plea to stay safe in fes­tive sea­son

The Western Star - - NEWS -

ROMA Po­lice are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to be safe on the roads over the fes­tive sea­son.

The key mes­sages they want to get out there are:

■ Trav­el­ling on the roads could be the most dan­ger­ous thing you and your loved ones do these hol­i­days.

■ Un­for­tu­nately fam­ily and friends are lost ev­ery year dur­ing what should be a time of cel­e­bra­tion and to­geth­er­ness. They are nor­mal peo­ple go­ing about their nor­mal lives.

■ The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of ac­ci­dents can be at­trib­uted to hu­man er­ror. Er­rors made by nor­mal peo­ple.

■ As the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches, po­lice are ask­ing trav­ellers to share re­spon­si­bil­ity and start plan­ning now for a safe trip.

■ Pre-travel ve­hi­cle main­te­nance is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially where it in­volves tow­ing ve­hi­cles less fre­quently used like car­a­vans, trail­ers and boats. It is im­por­tant that the tyres, bear­ings, elec­tri­cal and hitches are up to the task.

■ Trav­ellers should con­sider the lo­gis­tics of their trip. When will they set out and how far do they in­tend to travel, al­low suf­fi­cient time and rest stops or driver changes. We are a big re­gion and there is a ten­dency for peo­ple to max­imise hol­i­days by cov­er­ing long dis­tances.

■ Con­cen­trate on driv­ing and min­imise dis­trac­tions. Be­ing able to iden­tify a prob­lem and re­spond in time could make the dif­fer­ence.

■ Po­lice will con­tinue to en­force for the Fa­tal 5: speed, im­paired driv­ing, seat belts, fa­tigue and inat­ten­tion.

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