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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon has urged people to exercise caution and stay safe when travelling during the upcoming Easter long weekend.
“We’ve had a shocking start to the year in terms of road fatalities, particularly over the recent Labour Day long weekend, and we fear we will see more unnecessary deaths this weekend,” Dr Gannon said.
“This year, there have already been 47 fatal motor vehicle accidents in WA, and the vast majority have occurred on country roads.
“We urge everyone to be mindful of the risks on the road and to remember some of the basic tips on travel safety.
“If you’re travelling long distances over the weekend, get a good sleep in before setting out – drowsiness can have the same effect as being intoxicated.
“Don’t get distracted by your mobile phone or by other people in the vehicle – focus on getting you and your family to your destination safely.
“The Easter message is one of “new life” – don’t turn what should be a joyous celebration into a tragedy.
“Remember to always wear a seatbelt, watch your speed, and be aware of your surroundings,” Dr Gannon added.