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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong has urged people to exercise caution and stay safe when travelling during the upcoming WA Day long weekend.
“This year, there have already been 66 fatal motor vehicle accidents in WA, and a more than 40 per cent jump in the number of critical injuries caused by accidents when compared to last year,” Dr Choong said.
Dr Choong has urged people to be mindful of the risks on the road, reminding them of the simple steps one can take to travel safely.
“This long weekend should be a time to spend with family and friends and celebrate being West Australian. The last thing anyone wants is an avoidable tragedy,” Dr Choong said.
“We remind people who will be driving long distances over the weekend to get a good night’s sleep before setting out, stay alert when driving, and to always pull over if they feel fatigued.
“Staying awake for 17 hours has the same effect on performance as having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 per cent.
“Remember to wear a seatbelt, watch your speed, and don’t get distracted,” Dr Choong added.