· Take ownership of your driving and help reduce the road toll
· Share your Easter driving tips on social media by using #roadtozero
· Make Easter an enjoyable time by making sensible decisions
Gippslanders planning a break or visit to family and friends this Easter are asked to take ownership and help drive down the state’s road toll.
“Victoria’s road toll is the lowest we’ve seen for close to 90 years and I’m asking all Gippslanders to make a conscious effort to ensure this downward trend continues,” Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan said.
“The Victorian Liberal National Coalition Government recently launched ‘The Road to Zero – it starts with you’ campaign that encourages motorists to share their road safety ideas and tips through videos, photos or messages.
“By using the ‘#roadtozero’ hashtag, Gippslanders can show their support by posting their ideas and sharing stories through the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages.”
Mr Ryan said the campaign would run in conjunction with a statewide road enforcement operation including the consecutive Easter and ANZAC Day long weekends, as well as the Queen’s Birthday holiday.
“If you’re doing the wrong thing on the road, then expect to be stopped by police,” he said.
“It is thanks to the work of police, government and other agencies joining together to enforce the law and educate the community, as well as advances in medical treatment that has allowed the downward trend in the road toll to occur.”
For the road roll to continue to drop, it will require all motorists to take individual responsibility for improving safety by making safe travel choices, he said.
“Being distracted by text and phone calls, speeding while rushing to your next destination, or simply not respecting other road users, can lead to a situation from which you can never turn back,” Mr Ryan said.
“Whether you’re bushwalking at The Prom, sailing the magnificent Gippsland Lakes or spending time on the 90 Mile Beach, take ownership of our actions behind the wheel because the road to zero starts with you.”
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