"Nothing is more important than driving safely so that everybody can reach their loved ones at journey's end."Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has encouraged road users to take on board the National Road Safety Week message.
National Road Safety Week, which runs from May 6 to 12, is an initiative that honours more than 1,200 people who are killed and 35,000 injured on Australia's roads each year.
Ms Cooke is asking drivers to make safety a particular focus on roads in the Cootamundra electorate this week and help slow the road toll.
"One death is one too many, and it's devastating to see that as of the beginning of the month, there have been seven fatalities this year on our electorate's roads," Ms Cooke said.
"We often have to travel great distances in our cars, utes, vans or trucks, and it's vital that we make sure we drive to the conditions, observe speed limits, and that we take regular breaks.
"And if there's a chance you are affected by alcohol or drugs, make the right decision and leave the driving to somebody else.
"Nothing is more important than driving safely so that everybody can reach their loved ones at journey's end."
Changes to NSW law, announced earlier this week, will see drivers who record a low-range drink-driving offence on NSW roads barred from driving for three months.
First-time offenders for low-range drink-driving will immediately lose their licence for three months and be fined $561. A low-range drink-driving reading is a blood-alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.079.
The new NSW laws will come into effect on May 20.
The NSW Government is investing a record $1.9 billion over the next five years to improve road safety across the state and bring the road toll Towards Zero
To raise awareness for National Road Safety Week, landmarks around Australia, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Brisbane's Storey Bridge, will be lit in yellow, while organisers encourage people to wear a yellow ribbon and take a pledge to drive safely.
For more information on National Road Safety Week please visit: www.roadsafetyweek.net.au