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WA’s Easter drivers draw praise

16 Apr 2020

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has praised WA drivers for their cooperation and safe driving behaviour during the Easter Long Weekend.

With intrastate driving restrictions and ‘don’t drive unless it is essential’ advice in place due to COVID-19 measures, Easter traffic volumes on major routes such as Forrest Highway, Indian Ocean Drive and the South Western Highway were close to 90 per cent lower than the 2019 Easter Long Weekend period.

“This highlights how people did the right thing and stayed home,’’ said Mrs Roberts.

“With significantly lower traffic volumes and fewer people travelling some of those long distances, we did see a reduction in serious and fatal crashes. This reduction in road trauma is also good news for our frontline emergency services, doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff who are working around the clock to fight this pandemic,” she said.

One person died on the State’s roads over the four-day period; there were two fatalities in the corresponding period in 2019.

“Sadly, a 17-year-old woman lost her life in our South West and my thoughts are with her family and friends,’’ said Mrs Roberts.

The Minister urged drivers, if they had good reason to be on the road in the COVID-19 period, to be fully focused when behind the wheel.

“The lack of traffic on our country roads might tempt some people to drive faster but please don’t. We know that single vehicle run-off crashes remain the biggest cause of fatal and serious injury crashes in regional Western Australia.’’
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