Emergency workers retrieve the crumpled wreckage of a Ford Fairlane involved in the double fatality at Lennox Head early Saturday, March 15.
Emergency workers retrieve the crumpled wreckage of a Ford Fairlane involved in the double fatality at Lennox Head early Saturday, March 15. Doug Eaton

NSW Police launch 'Fatality Free Friday'

NSW Police are urging motorists to take care on the roads after four people died in separate crashes across the state yesterday.

Yesterday they launched Fatality Free Friday, which is held on the last Friday of every May.

Fatality Free Friday, an initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation which calls for road users to make a promise to themselves, their family and friends to consciously drive safely and obey road rules, was first held in 2007.

Yesterday, three people died in road related collisions in 24 hours at Londonderry, Mooney Mooney and Neutral Bay, and a fourth person died after a Land Rover rolled over on a property at Marulan, in the state's south.

So far this year 12 people have died on Northern Rivers roads. 

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Superintendent Stuart Smith, stated we needed to be clear that risky on-road behaviour needed to be curtailed.

"This is not just about NSW - this is about the nation," Superintendent Smith said.

"Last year 1193 people died in crashes across Australia and that's 1193 too many."

"The community needs to understand the importance of road safety."

"Fatality Free Friday is part of a national programme that was launched yesterday, to get the public to understand that using the road isn't just about themselves it is about other road users."

"We are talking clearly about those road behaviours, about travelling too fast on the road, drink and drug driving, not wearing your seatbelt, not wearing your helmet and the new phenomenon of driving with a mobile phone, and certainly fatigue."


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