Drive safe, stay safe this festive season

19 December 2019 5:00 PM

City of Kalamunda residents are being urged to keep each other safe on our roads this festive season with the Mayor launching a pre-Christmas appeal to drivers.

Year-to-date figures reveal there have been 160 road fatalities on WA roads in 2019 – 8 more than the same time last year.

City of Kalamunda Mayor Cr Margaret Thomas JP said, “As we head into the festive season that’s a huge number of families and friends facing Christmas without their loved ones.

“So before you pick up your keys, take a moment to think about how you’re feeling – are you tired, have you been drinking alcohol, are you running late?

“Please don’t put yourself or other road users at risk, even if it is only a short drive home – we want you to come home to your family safe.”

WA Police released a statement at the start of December warning drivers they will utilise a combination of marked and unmarked cars and motorcycles to monitor major entertainment precincts as well as Christmas party venues, train station car parks and back roads.

Their presence will also be felt in regional areas so anyone planning to drive longer distances for their summer break are also warned to keep safe on the roads.

“Check your car over or get it serviced, plan extra time for the journey, check the weather conditions, be aware of fatigue, prepare for different driving conditions, watch your alcohol intake and keep the kids busy,” Mayor Thomas said.

“Make every journey a safe one this summer.”

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