Slow down

Central Coast Council and NSW Police are coming together to remind the community to slow down and take care on the region’s roads.

Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said Council would work closely with local police on the important project.

“COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in so many ways but we must not lose sight of the importance of keeping our roads, and ultimately our community, safe,” Cr Mathews said.

“Education can have a big impact and across May you will notice an increase in our messaging aimed at reducing speeding, which will work in conjunction with police operations.

“If it is essential for you to head out on the road, please take care and slow down.

“We know that Coasties will do their bit to drive safely and do what they can to reduce any unnecessary burden on the health system during these unprecedented times.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant, Matt Rees, said it was important to look out for each other on Central Coast roads during this difficult time.

“This collaborative campaign is focused on saving lives and reducing the incidence and severity of speed-related crashes,” Snr Sgt Rees said.

“Unfortunately, speeding continues to be the biggest killer on our roads and contributes to 46 percent of all fatalities that occur on our region’s roads.

“We are asking the community to make road safety a priority and slow down, particularly in built up urban areas with 50km/hr zones where vulnerable road users can be.

“Drivers must observe speed limits at all times – even a small increase in speed significantly increases the likelihood of being involved in a serious-injury crash or worse.”

Source: Media release, Apr 28, 2020 – Central Coast Council