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5 road rules to follow:

Taking risks on the road is not worth it for you, your family, your friends - or others who may be affected.
By Motherpedia
Date: December 21 2012
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As many Australians wind-down today for the Christmas break, the motorists associations have issued a blunt warning about road safety: enjoy the festivities but don't put your life, or others, at risk.

"Road safety is the responsibility of us all," said the General Manager of Public Policy with the RACV, Brian Negus. 

"Those who fail to do the right thing on the road and take risks will be caught and your party will be over.

"Drink driving, speeding, risky behaviour, alcohol and fatigue cause road crashes. You have a choice to do the right thing, so don't make this Christmas your last, or the last for others because you've taken unnecessary risks on the road."

Mr Negus said the only way to be certain of safe driving if drinking, is not to drive at all. The RACV recommends the following strategies to minimise risk from drinking alcohol.

  1. Arrange alternative transport, such as public transport, a taxi, a sober friend or family member.
  2. Finish your glass before refilling so you know how much you've had.
  3. Be aware of the size of drinks. Some are larger than 'standard' size.
  4. Don't drink on an empty stomach.
  5. Be aware that blood alcohol concentration can rise for 1-2 hours after you finish drinking.
  6. If you drink at night, you may still be over the limit in the morning.

"Everyone has the right to travel safely on our roads and we urge all road users to think of the pain and suffering they would cause to family and friends by taking risks," Mr Negus said.

The simple rules to follow when driving are:

  1. Stick to the speed limit.
  2. Don't drink and drive.
  3. Wear your seatbelt.
  4. If you feel tired, pull over and have a nap.
  5. Switch off your mobile phone.

Mr Negus said pedestrians should also be aware of road safety.

"Reaction time is slower after a few drinks. Where possible, stay on footpaths and choose safe places to cross the road such as designated crossings. Always hail a taxi from the kerb, rather than the road."

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