Bass Coast,

Make it home safely this Christmas

The Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee is urging community members and visitors to be safe when driving in Bass Coast during the busy summer period.

“With only a few days left before Christmas, life gets hectic and we are encouraging all drivers to keep paying attention across Bass Coast during the holiday period,” Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said.

“We urge everyone to join the ‘Save My Seat’ safe driver campaign.

“We want as many people as possible to make a commitment to friends and family to take care on the roads over the holiday period so they can be all sitting together at the Christmas table next year.”

The ‘Save My Seat’ campaign was developed by Eastern Region Traffic Advisor, Acting Senior Sergeant Jason Hullick, who said this year has seen a considerable reduction in road trauma in the Bass Coast Police Service Area compared with the same time last year.

“This time last year we had nine lives lost on our local road network and this year we have three lives lost. Whilst it is little comfort to those that have lost a loved one, it does mean that there are less families grieving at this time of the year,” Acting Senior Sergeant Hullick said.

“We have also seen some great reductions in road trauma across the board where this time last year we had seen 89 people seriously injured on our roads compared to 57 this year which once again is pleasing to see that we have achieved a reduction

Senior Sergeant Hullick said when drivers get behind the wheel of the car, they should take a moment to think about their loved ones and what actions they can take to be a safer driver.

“Comply with all road rules, put a seatbelt on, slow down and arrive at your destination safely,” he said.

The Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee is reminding people that everybody has a key role to play in preventing death and serious injury on the road.