Motorists urged to be kind on the road this long weekend

RAC general manager Will Grosby. Image supplied.

RAC general manager Will Grosby. Image supplied.

Thousands of West Australians expected to hit the road this long weekend are being urged to drive safely - and be more courteous and understanding toward all road users while behind the wheel.

Road safety minister Michelle Roberts launched a new road safety campaign - 'Kindness Travels' which is timed to coincide with the WA Day long weekend.

The campaign encourages all drivers to bring back the courtesy wave - a wave or a nod of the head, to acknowledge another driver's courtesy and your appreciation of it.

Ms Roberts said manners cost nothing but on the road they can save lives.

"We all share the roads and if we are to be safe on the roads we all have to get along," she said.

"Please stick to the road rules, don't drive tired or distracted and let's all get home safe this holiday weekend."

"And if someone does something nice for you while you're driving, give them a wave of thanks."

So far this year, 55 people have lost their lives on WA's roads, including 34 in our regional areas.

RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby said the long weekend is a great opportunity to explore our own backyard, but we needed to do so safely.

"There is no doubt many of us are eager to get away after weeks of cancelled plans and social isolation, and WA certainly has some incredible places to explore," he said.

"This year's WA Day long weekend coincides with Fatality Free Friday and is a timely reminder to those of us preparing for a trip away with our families and friends.

"During the restrictions, we've seen risk-taking behaviour increase on our roads which is extremely concerning, particularly as many of us will be travelling for longer distances and on unfamiliar roads this long weekend.

"Ultimately, we don't want to see anyone hurt or killed on our roads.

"Please continue prioritising the health and safety of yourself, your loved ones and your community - including when you get behind the wheel."

Double Demerits will be in force from Friday May 29 until Monday June 1.

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