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Police Crack Down on Distracted Holiday Drivers

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Police are warning motorists they will be out in force this festive season with a statewide road safety blitz starting this weekend.

Distraction was the most common cause of lives lost and serious injury on state roads during Christmas holidays from 2015 to 2020.

Ten people were killed and a further 31 were seriously injured between 19 December 2019, and 3 January 2020, with distraction accounting for 29% of these avoidable incidents.

Officer in Charge Traffic Services Branch, Superintendent Bob Gray, said that the message is very simple: when you are driving, just drive.

"Do not look at mobile phones, even for GPS purposes, do not be distracted by children in the car, and do not take your eyes off the road for any reason," Superintendent Gray said.

Police Minister Vincent Tarzia also warned of the dangers of fatigue – another factor that can cause road tragedy – for drivers and their families during holiday travel.

"We're asking motorists to really think about their holiday this year and plan ahead so they know when and where they will take breaks," Minister Tarzia said.

"Stop every two hours for at least 15 minutes and share the drive with others.

“Our regional towns are some of the best in Australia and have so much to offer. Make a stop, enjoy the sights, revive and survive. A quick break could be a life-saving decision."

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