With thousands expected to flock to the coast, Transport for NSW is urging motorists to take extra care this long weekend.
As of midnight 23 January 2024, 21 people have lost their lives on New South Wales roads so far this year, which is eight more than for the same time last year.
A forecast of heavy traffic means higher risk for those travelling from city centres up the coast.
Transport for NSW Chief Customer Officer Roger Weeks said, “Our data tells us we’ll see traffic building throughout Thursday ahead of Friday’s public holiday, with people leaving city centres to make the most of the long weekend..
“We’re also predicting heavy traffic on Sunday and Monday, as holidaymakers head home to prepare to return to school and work.”
Mr Weeks reminded motorists not to rush on roads, take plenty of breaks, and drive according to the conditions.
“Tragically we’ve already seen a rise in fatal crashes this year, and the majority of these have been on regional or country roads.”
“Don’t rush or speed, the best way to save time on your journey is to plan ahead, check the journey planner tool to avoid when the heaviest traffic is expected at pinch points along on your route, and use navigation apps or tools like Live Traffic to stay across major delays.”
“Driver fatigue is a major contributor in regional crashes. For longer trips, think ahead about where you’ll take a break. Picking a great place to stop, swap drivers, or grab a meal will make sure you factor this essential rest time into your journey. Always put safety first,” Mr Weeks said.