Don’t drop off this long weekend

9 June, 2011Posted in: Roads and Assets

As many people prepare to take a road trip over the June Long Weekend, Wingecarribee Road Safety Officer Charmaine Cooper is urging motorists to plan ahead, drive to the conditions and take advantage of the RTA’s Driver Reviver sites enroute.

“There are going to be a lot of people on the roads during this busy holiday period and I urge drivers to be patient. Avoid driving when you would normally be sleeping, plan your trip to avoid the busiest travel times and include plenty of rest breaks.

“The June long weekend is traditionally the start of the snow season so local drivers should consider this when planning trips to Sydney or further south as delays may be encountered. Driving to and from the snow can be more tiring than normal due to the potential for bad weather, darkness and narrow, winding roads.

“Drivers need to be patient and allow plenty of travel time so they are not tempted to speed. P-plate drivers are at the greatest risk of losing their licence during this period so I urge them to take additional care,” Ms Cooper said.

“My best travel tips are to stop at rest areas at any one of the 64 Driver Reviver sites operating across the state and to save the RTA traffic information number 132-701 on your mobile phone to make finding out about traffic delays quick and easy.

“Before heading off visit the Live Traffic website and during the journey tune into local radio stations for regular traffic updates and watch for roadside electronic message signs advising of any delays ahead,” Ms Cooper added.

Local police will have a high profile presence during the long weekend. Double demerit points will be in force for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from midnight Thursday 9 June until midnight on Monday 13 June for all speeding and seatbelt offences.

Drivers are reminded that Friday 10 June is a gazetted school day and therefore double demerits will also apply to the relevant school zone offences.