‘Just get there and back safely’: Top cop’s Easter road safety warning
SA Police Superintendent Scott Denny urges all Murraylands and Mallee drivers to stay safe on the roads this Easter and school holidays.
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Don’t let 2023 become South Australia’s deadliest year in recent memory.
That’s the message from Superintendent Scott Denny, the Murray Mallee’s ranking police officer, as thousands of families prepare to hit the road ahead of Easter and the school holidays.
Forty-one people died on South Australian roads between January 1 and this Wednesday evening – more than double the total for the same period last year.
That was devastating, Superintendent Denny said.
“Just one life lost on our lives is too many,” he said.
“And the sad thing is that just about every situation could have been avoided.
“One poor decision on the road can lead to a lifetime of consequences, whether that is losing a loved one or being responsible for someone else losing a loved one.”
To prevent that from happening, drivers would see a “significant” police presence on our roads from this weekend onward, he warned.
Officers would focus on road safety and the so-called fatal five – speeding, seatbelts, distracted drivers, drugs and alcohol, and dangerous driving – 24-seven.
“If you have any doubts whatsoever about getting behind the wheel, then don’t,” Superintendent Denny said.
“If you are detected committing a road safety offence, expect there to be consequences.”
If the rate of deaths on South Australian roads does not slow down, the total number of lives lost could reach the most horrific total for 20 years, surpassing the 147 lives lost in 2005.
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