I am urging motorists to make every journey a safe one this Easter in a bid to drive the road toll down Towards Zero on Heathcote’s roads.

Of the total 384 lives lost on NSW roads last year, 109 were from the Sydney region. This was down on 2015 where we saw 110 people killed and 6,390 people seriously injured in the Sydney region. These are not just numbers, they are members of our community –friends and loved ones lost to their families forever. Last year’s 2016 Easter road toll saw two fatalities on NSW roads and this year our goal is zero.

Sadly, many of us have or will at some stage in our lives experience the devastating effects of road trauma and at a time where there are more people than usual using the roads we must endeavour to stay safe. The NSW Government has also announced that in addition to targeted Police enforcement to deter dangerous behaviour such as speed, drink-driving and non-seat belt use, people can expect to see more education and awareness campaigns in high-risk locations over the Easter break.

There’s no such thing as safe speeding, for every kilometre you’re over the speed limit you’re not only endangering your life, but the lives of all other road users. If you’re having a few drinks, it’s important that you have a Plan B to get home safely – and no matter whether you’re driving a long or short trip, fatigue can strike at any time.

In fact being awake for 17 hours has a similar effect on your performance and reaction time as a blood alcohol content above the legal limit, so if you’re feeling tired pull over and take a break.

Double demerits will be in force this Easter from midnight Wednesday, 12 April to midnight Monday, 17 April and again for the holiday period from midnight Thursday, 20 April to midnight Tuesday, 25 April.

Drivers are encouraged to stay informed and for the latest updates on NSW road conditions visit: www.livetraffic.com