Long weekends are renowned for being busy on the roads and with this weekend coinciding with the AFL Grand Final, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is urging every road user, driver, passenger, rider and pedestrian to play their part in keeping our roads safe.
Matt Hanton, Road Safety Communications Manager at MAC said that there is no excuse for poor behaviour, road users need to be patient behind the wheel and considerate of other road users.
“If you’re taking the opportunity to get away this long weekend – take care and stay focused on your drive. Many people will be travelling long distances, driving on unfamiliar roads, at higher speeds and with passengers in the car. All of these factors can increase the risk of being involved in a crash and crash seriousness.
“Unfortunately the road safety risk to all road users is real; every time someone makes a bad decision or chooses to drive when their decision making has been impaired.
“If you’re planning to celebrate the AFL Grand Final this weekend with a few drinks, just don’t drive and plan an alternate ride home. There is much more to lose, than a game of football.” said Mr Hanton.
More than a third of motorists killed each year are driving with an illegal blood alcohol content level and/or drugs in their system.
Alcohol and drugs impair your driving ability and decision making, they increase confidence and aggression and lead to an increase in other risk-taking behaviour.
“Every choice has a consequence. Bad choices are incredibly selfish and show no regard for the safety of other road users and by making smart decisions, we can reduce the amount of road trauma experienced on our roads and the loss and serious injury of our loved ones,” said Mr Hanton.