As the end of the year draws to a close and people get behind the wheel for the holidays, motorists are being reminded to slow down and drive safely this Christmas.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack launched the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s (ARSF) Christmas Road Safety Campaign with a stark reminder of what was at stake.

“During the official holiday period last year, 41 people were killed on the road – that’s dozens of families who will be without a loved one this holiday,” Mr McCormack said.

“I implore everyone getting in a car to think about those you love gathered at the Christmas table without you as a reminder of what’s at stake.

“With the 2019 national road toll at 1012 at the end of October, more families are facing their first Christmas without their mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter this year. It’s a reminder that we each have a role in reducing the road toll by slowing down, taking breaks, sharing the drive where possible and following the road rules – wear a seatbelt, don’t drink or take drugs and don’t touch your mobile.”

“If we all play our part, we can get to and from our Christmas holidays safely over the next few weeks.”

The Fatal Five – speeding, distraction, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and not wearing a seatbelt – continue to be the major causes of death on our roads.

If you’re planning to drink, find someone who will get you home safely. Put the phone in the glovebox or set it to Do Not Disturb so you’re not distracted by it. These are easy choices and things to consider before you get behind the wheel that could you’re your life, or the life of someone else.

The Australian Road Safety Foundation and advocate partners remind road users of the personal responsibility we all have in ensuring we are focused and fit to drive.