The statistics are sobering – during the past three years there were 583 crashes resulting in 765 casualties including 29 deaths in the Mid Coast local government area (LGA).
As a result, local authorities are calling time-out, urging every driver to get serious about road safety.
Recorded between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017, up to 37 per cent of these casualty crashes and 50 per cent of fatal crashes were caused due to excessive speed or not driving to the conditions.
What may surprise is that the majority of crashes occurred in 50kph and 100kph speed zones – there is no safe place for speeding on our roads.
MidCoast Council is supporting the Transport for NSW initiative to make sure we are all up-to-date on the most misunderstood road rules, with online and newspaper access to a Road Rules Quiz.
Newspapers across the region are featuring the quiz on Wednesday, May 30.
"We urge every Mid Coast driver to take the time to undertake the quiz – it's vital that all drivers know the rules and comply with them," MidCoast Council road safety officer, Chris Dimarco said.
"It is important as road users we are confident that we know the road rules, particularly those rules that some drivers find a little confusing, such as negotiating multi-lane roundabouts and lane merging."
Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Great Lakes Advocate, or visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/roadrules.
And make sure you're clear on the rules, and driving safely.
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