Slow down on the Kings Highway this summer

ACT Policing is calling on motorists to slow down and drive safely on the Kings Highway this summer, as part of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership summer campaign.

The campaign, which launched today (Tuesday 9 December) outside Bungendore, urges drivers to ‘slow down or be caught’ as they head to the south coast along the Kings Highway this summer.

With almost 300 drivers caught speeding on the Kings Highway last summer (December 2013 and January 2014), ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said drivers speeding or driving dangerously can expect to be caught.

“If you speed you will be caught and face the consequences, no matter which side of the border you’re on,” ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said.

“As well as driving within the speed limit, you should drive to the conditions, always wear a seatbelt and take regular rest breaks to make sure you remain alert.”

“For Canberrans heading to and from the coast, make sure you plan to stop and take a break at the half-way point, rather than pushing through a three-hour trip in one go.”

“Plan your trip before you leave and make sure your car is road-ready by checking tyres, windscreen wipers, lights and indicators and oil and water levels.”

During December and January last summer (2013-14), there were 18 collisions occurred on the on the Kings Highway, with one fatality.

“We continue to see too many crashes on this road so keep to the speed limit and allow plenty of time to make sure that you get to your destination safely,’ Sergeant Angus Duncombe of the Batemans Bay Highway Patrol said.

‘Police will be doing all they can to keep motorists safe with a presence on the highway but drivers have a big role to play.”

ACT Policing along with Eurobodalla, Palerang, Shoalhaven and Queanbeyan shire councils, NSW Police, the NRMA Road Safety Trust, Roads and Maritime Services and the ACT Government Justice and Community Safety Directorate formed the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership seven years ago with the aim of reducing road trauma on the Kings Highway by promoting safe driving behaviours.

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