School leavers urged to prepare for travel to celebrations

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17 Nov 2017

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron has asked WA school leavers to plan ahead, as thousands of students start to make their way around the state for end of school celebrations.

Mr Cameron has warned that the drive to Leavers celebrations may be the first time many novice drivers have driven on country roads.

“If you haven’t done much country driving, arrange to have a more experienced driver in the car with you,” said Mr Cameron.

“Country roads are very different operating environments to the metropolitan area with higher speeds, wildlife on the roads and varying road conditions.”

“If you are driving some distance get a good night’s sleep and make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel.”

Mr Cameron has also challenged Leavers who take the wheel to turn their mobile phone off and lock it in the boot during the trip.

“A momentary lapse in concentration can have fatal consequences,” said Mr Cameron.

“Any kind of distraction while driving at 100 or 110 km/h means you could travel the length of a football field with your eyes off the road in just a few seconds, putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk.”

The Road Safety Commission website has more information for novice drivers.

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855

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