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Be front-line allies in road trauma fight: Wimmera Police

Police have called on the Wimmera community to look out for each other over the busy holiday period. Picture: SARAH SCULLY

Police have called on the Wimmera community to look out for each other over the busy holiday period. Picture: SARAH SCULLY

By DEAN LAWSON
Police have called on families and friends of people in the Wimmera, Mallee and Grampians travelling this Christmas to be front-line allies in a fight against road trauma.
Regional traffic advisor Senior Sergeant Guin Cleminson urged people to remind travellers coming into the region about potential risks.
“I’m urging community members to consider who is planning to visit them over the holiday period, whether from interstate or across Victoria, and to discuss with them the dangers of speed, fatigue and distraction,” she said.
“It’s also important they stress a need for visitors to factor in regular breaks during their journeys.”
Sen Sgt Cleminson made the comments while reflecting on circumstances involving serious and, in some cases, fatal crashes in the region this year.
She said people travelling through the Wimmera had been involved in fatal collisions. Investigations had revealed many had been travelling considerable distances and-or pushing their personal physical limits.
“This has to stop and we need everyone, not just police and emergency services or community leaders, on board to get the message about the dangers of fatigue,” she said.
“This is not so much about the distance someone has travelled, but more about how tired the driver might be in any given circumstance. It might involve a short distance and be based on a lack of sleep the night before. The key message is that if you’re feeling tired, it’s time to pull over.”

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Posted on Dec 23 2015

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