Fatality Free Friday: Take the pledge

POLICE are reminding the community to drive safely and stay true to their Fatality Free Friday pledge tomorrow.

Fatality Free Friday is 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.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police, Troy Grant, has encouraged all motorists to join the initiative and take the pledge.

"Throughout my career I have seen countless road accidents, many of which could have been avoided, so I encourage all motorists to get join the initiative, follow the road rules, drive to the conditions and help avoid more accidents," Mr Grant said.

So far this year, 137 people have died in road-related collisions across NSW, and Fatality Free Friday is a reminder to stay safe on our roads.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John HHHGcartley, said road safety is everyone's responsibility.

"Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, passengers, and drivers alike, play an important role in keeping themselves and others safe on the road," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"We all have a responsibility to make good decisions and act safely, whether behind the wheel, controlling the bike or crossing the road.

"Fatality Free Friday reinforces this behaviour; it forces us to stop and think about our road behaviour and the potential consequences of our actions.

"Police will be out in force tomorrow, targeting the fatal five: speeding, drink-and-drug-driving, seatbelt use, driving tired and driver distractions.

Road users are also able to make their road safety pledge in person between 8am and 3pm tomorrow at World Square Shopping Centre, or by visiting www.fatalityfreefriday.com or on the Fatality Free Friday Facebook page.

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