RAC is urging motorists to focus on getting home safely this Australia Day long weekend, with an average of ten people being tragically killed or seriously injured each year over the break.

WA has already suffered a horror start to the year on our roads, with nine people losing their lives — eight of those fatalities occurring in regional WA. 

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said it’s been a tragic start to the new year, and motorists need to renew their focus on staying safe behind the wheel.

“On average, more than ten people either lose their lives or are seriously injured on WA’s roads over the Australia Day break each year — a shocking level of road trauma.

“Long weekends are high-risk times on our roads, but particularly as the summer school holidays come to an end and families are returning from trips up north and down south.

“We want everyone to enjoy their long weekend and make it to their destinations safely, so we’re asking everyone to be patient, ditch the distractions, take regular breaks from driving, and designate a skipper if you’re going to drink.

“Last year was one of our worst in recent years for road fatalities and serious injuries, with far too many families left to grieve and come to terms with the sudden loss of a loved one.”

Double demerits come into effect tomorrow until Monday, 27 January inclusive.

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RAC Media Contact: Caitlin Barr, 0401 703 719 or media@rac.com.au