CHRISTMAS is a time for families. It’s a busy time of the year when we finalise our work commitments, do that last minute shopping, catch up with friends and attend numerous social events.
It’s a hectic and stressful time of year. Most people have a lot of things on their mind other than driving safely and are not necessarily concentrating on the task at hand.
Phone calls, text messages, setting GPS destinations or skipping CD tracks until you have the perfect Christmas tune can have one thing in common. They can all be deadly driver distractions.
Over the next few weeks we will see an increase in pedestrian traffic across Victoria. Local shopping centres will be inundated with exhausted customers. There will be more people on the roads heading to unfamiliar shopping precincts and entertainment venues.
With schools across the state breaking up for the holiday period, we can also expect to see more children out and about on push bikes and on foot.
This is a time for vigilance for all road users. Everyone needs to be alert, focussed and behave responsibly to ensure we all get to enjoy our Christmas with family and friends.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, December 19, 2013